• Maiden Test call-ups for Dupavillon and Baartman

    Uncapped duo Daryn Dupavillon and Ottneil Baartman have been named in a 21-man Proteas Test squad for the upcoming tour of Pakistan.

    Cricket South Africa on Friday announced the squad for the historic two-match series on Friday. It will be the first time in 14 years a Proteas team will face Pakistan in Pakistan.

    Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius have returned to full fitness and is available for selection for the first Test, starting on 26 January. Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is also back in the Test camp for the first time since 2018.

    This will, however, be the first time the Dolphins duo of Dupavillon and Baartman feature in the Test squad.

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    Baartman has 82 first-class wickets to his name, while Dupavillon, who has represented the Proteas in the ODI format in the past, has a 189 wickets 59 first-class matches.

    ‘As a selection panel, we are very excited to see how the tour of Pakistan will pan out for the players we have chosen,’ said Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang.

    ‘We are confident in our selections and believe in rewarding good performances both on and off the field, which is why we have gone with the core of the group that was selected for the Sri Lanka home series.

    ‘Considering that the conditions that will be faced are largely unknown to the South African team, we wanted to strengthen the attack with the skill sets that Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde have to offer, while giving players like Daryn Dupavillon and Ottneil Baartman an opportunity after making strong cases for themselves in recent seasons,’ Mpitsang concluded.

    The Proteas Test squad:

    Quinton de Kock (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Wiaan Mulder (Imperial Lions), Lutho Sipamla (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Six Gun Gill Cape Cobras), Sarel Erwee (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Keegan Petersen (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), George Linde (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Daryn Dupavillon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Ottniel Baartman (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).

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    Andre Huisamen