Uncapped Paterson replaces Philander in Proteas Test squad

Dane Paterson has been called into the South Africa squad for the Centurion Test to provide back-up at Centurion.

South Africa seamer Dane Paterson   -  Getty Images

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.

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