Uncapped seamer Dane Paterson has supplanted Vernon Philander in South Africa’s squad for the main Test against Pakistan.
Philander was discounted because of a cracked finger after the Proteas had effectively lost paceman Lungi Ngidi to knee damage.
Paterson has been called up for the opening experience of the three-coordinate arrangement at Centurion, which begins on Boxing Day.
Cricket South Africa’s choice convener Linda Zondi said of the 29-year-old: “We have been taking a gander at him for quite a while.
“He is a bowler who has performed on the residential scene reliably for quite a while and he will be our back-up for the primary Test.”
Paterson has played three one-day internationals and eight Twenty20s for his nation however has not yet been given his possibility in the longest arrangement.