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South Africa add Stephen Cook to squad for fourth Test

South Africa add Stephen Cook to the squad for the fourth Test
Dane Vilas has been left out of the South African squad for the Centurion Test.
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Highveld Lions opening batsman Stephen Cook has been added to the South African squad to face England in the final Test in Centurion.

Cook has been rewarded with a chance to feature for the national side after impressive performances in the first-class matches where he has recorded 415 runs in the last three games which includes two centuries as well.

The 33-year-old also scored an unbeaten 53 in the first innings for South Africa A in the tour game against England prior to the start of the Test series.

Meanwhile, Dane Vilas, who was added as a last minute replacement for the injured Quinton de Kock for the third Test in Johannesburg has been released.

The selectors have retained the remaining players, including Dale Steyn, although he is unlikely to be risked for the game keeping in mind the limited overs series against England and the World Twenty20.

Stiaan van Zyl who has scored only 69 runs from the three games has been retained while the form of Faf du Plessis will be a concern too for the Proteas. 

Dane Piedt is likely to return to the playing XI following his eight-wicket haul for the Cape Cobras in the recent encounter against the Warriors.

With Kagiso Rabada sealing his spot after a five-wicket haul in the third Test, Hardus Viljoen, Chris Morris and Kyle Abbott will look to compete for a spot in the pace department which will be led by Morne Morkel.

South Africa squad for fourth Test against England:

AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, Stiaan van Zyl, Hardus Viljoen 

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