Cape Cobras fast bowler Dane Paterson says he was shocked when he heard that he was called up to South Africa’s Test squad for the final Test against Bangladesh, starting on Friday in Bloemfontein.
Paterson, who has played four T20Is for the Proteas, will replace Morne Morkel who will be on the sidelines for four to six weeks after he suffered a side strain in the Proteas’ 333-run win in the first Test in Potchefstroom.
The 28-year-old Paterson told the Cape Cobras website: “I was shocked when I phoned my girlfriend, Nicole Williams, to tell her I was called up to the Test team.
“I have mixed feelings and I felt a bit afraid – it is a mixture of joy and nervousness.”
The right-arm pacer, who represented South Africa A earlier this year, will have a familiar face to work with in Bloemfontein with former Cobras seamer Charl Langeveldt the current Proteas bowling coach.
Paterson, who has played two four-day games this season for his franchise, says he is feeling good about his bowling.
He continued: “I am looking forward to link up with Langers (Charl Langeveldt).
“The fact that I have represented South Africa before and that I represented South Africa A in the off-season which gave me access to the first-class arena, has been to my benefit.
“My rhythm has been good and I have hit the right lengths but the wickets have been very flat.”