Uncapped Paterson replaces Philander in Proteas Test squad

South Africa seamer Dane Paterson
South Africa seamer Dane Paterson

Uncapped seamer Dane Paterson has replaced Vernon Philander in South Africa's squad for the first Test against Pakistan.

Philander was ruled out due to a fractured finger after the Proteas had already lost paceman Lungi Ngidi to a knee injury.

Paterson has been called up for the opening encounter of the three-match series at Centurion, which starts on Boxing Day.

Cricket South Africa's selection convener Linda Zondi said of the 29-year-old: "We have been looking at him for some time.

"He is a bowler who has performed on the domestic scene consistently for a long time and he will be our back-up for the first Test."

Paterson has played three one-day internationals and eight Twenty20s for his country but has not yet been given his chance in the longest format.

Edited by Omnisport
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