Uncapped Nashua Titans fast bowler Marchant de Lange has been named in South Africa's 13-man Test squad to take on Sri Lanka from 15th December at Centurion Park.
Opening batsman Alviro Petersen also returns to the squad as JP Duminy, Paul Harris and Lonwabo Tsotsobe make way from the party that played Australia earlier this year.
De Lange has played just 14 first-class matches but has impressed the national selectors with his pace and he also put in a strong performance for South Africa A against the touring Australians.
"De Lange has only played 14 first-class matches but he has impressed all with his pace and potential and he took full advantage of his opportunity against Australia for the South Africa A squad," Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson said.
"There is some doubt about whether he will recover in time from his thumb injury but, even if that is the case, he will learn a great deal just from being part of the national squad environment.
"This squad has been chosen for the first Test match only and it is likely that we may choose a slightly bigger squad for the following two Sunfoil Test matches over the festive period at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead and Sahara Park Newlands."
South Africa Test squad: Graeme Smith (captain), AB de Villiers (vice-captain), Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher, Marchant de Lange, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Vernon Philander, Ashwell Prince, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn
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