Paterson called up to Proteas Test squad ahead of Pakistan series

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Cape Cobras seamer Dane Paterson has been added to the Proteas squad ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, starting on Boxing Day.

The right-arm paceman comes into the national squad after Vernon Philander was ruled out of the first of three Tests against Pakistan due to a hairline fracture on his thumb.

The 29-year-old Paterson is uncapped at Test level but has played in three ODIs and eight T20Is for the Proteas.

Going into the latest round of the domestic four-day competition, Paterson is the leading wicket-taker with 28 scalps in just five games.

He has an overall record of 321 wickets in 93 first-class matches at an average of just more than 23.

CSA’s selection convenor Linda Zondi told Sport24: “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.”

The Proteas will most likely go into the first Test against Pakistan with a pace attack of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier with Paterson next in line.

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