Stand-in captain Tim Cahill scored the equaliser as Australia drew 1-1 at home to South Africa in their final outing before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ travelling party is selected.

Cahill, given the armband in the absence of the injured Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak, headed in Tommy Oar's cross moments after Ayanda Patosi had converted a rebound from Rantie's 12th-minute shot in Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

Australia pressed for a winner after the break with Matthew Leckie, Mark Milligan, Ben Halloran and Dario Vidosic all going close.

However, injury to right-back Ivan Franjic early in the second half will be a concern for Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, who has to reduce his 30-man provisional squad to a travelling party of 27 on Tuesday, with the final cut to 23 coming on 2 June.