South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat against West Indies on the rain-affected opening day of the first Test in Port of Spain yesterday.
South Africa have handed a Test debut to left-arm fast-medium bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe, and West Indies have included the uncapped pair of fast bowler Nelon Pascal and off-spinner Shane Shillingford.
With the Test series being played in the opening month of the Caribbean storm season, the long-range weather report on the eve of the match made unhappy reading, with scattered and isolated thunderstorms on the horizon.
It has rained steadily in the Trinidad and Tobago capital over the last few days, and when umpires Steve Davis and Asad Rauf inspected just before the start, they found a soggy outfield, as well as damp spots on the pitch block.
South Africa enter the Test series in a confident mood, after they swept West Indies in the preceding limited-overs matches, comprising two Twenty20 and five One-day Internationals.
West Indies: Chris Gayle (captain), Travis Dowli, Narsingh Deonarine, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Brendan Nash, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wkpr), Sulieman Benn, Shane Shillingford, Ravi Rampaul, Nelon Pascal
South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Ashwell Prince, Jacques Kallis, Abraham deVilliers, Alviro Petersen, Mark Boucher (wkpr), Paul Harris, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe