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Dwaine Pretorius replaces injured Dale Steyn in Test squad

Dwaine Pretorius replaces injured Dale Steyn in Test squad
Dale Steyn injured his shoulder during the first Test against Australia
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Lions all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius will head to Australia to join the South African squad for the remaining two Tests of the ongoing series as a replacement for Dale Steyn.

Steyn, 33, has been ruled out of the series after with a shoulder injury and managed to bowl only 12.4 overs in the first innings during which he picked the key wicket of David Warner.

With scans revealing a fracture on his shoulder, Steyn did not participate any further in the game which South Africa went on to win by 177 runs with Kagiso Rabada picking a five-wicket haul in the final innings.

The 27-year-old Pretorius has played three One-Day Internationals for South Africa after making his debut against Ireland in Benoni last month and is yet to feature in the longer format for the Proteas.

He has played 36 first-class matches till now and has picked 115 wickets which includes four five-wicket hauls while also scoring 1963 runs at an average of 43.62 and a highest score of 177.

Meanwhile, South Africa are likely to include Kyle Abbott in the second Test in Hobart ahead of Morne Morkel as indicated by head coach Russell Domingo.

"We've got two options at the moment. Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel," Domingo said.

"Morne is coming off a back injury. We'll assess him two days before the Test and make the call on whether he is 100% fit.

"Kyle Abbott is a consistent solid performer and has been every time he has come in.

"We need to weigh up what type of bowler we want to use under the conditions in Hobart, because I think they are different to what they are here.

"It's a fascinating series because all three venues have totally different conditions. I've never been to Hobart, I've heard its cold and the wickets are a little New Zealand-like, a little slower."

The second Test between Australia and South Africa will begin on Saturday in Perth with the Proteas having a 1-0 lead over the home side.

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