South Africa name uncapped Zubayr Hamza in Test squad for Pakistan series

South Africa on Thursday named uncapped batsman Zubayr Hamza in a 13-man squad for a three-Test series against Pakistan, starting in Centurion on December 26.

Fast bowler Duanne Olivier was also recalled in the absence of rising star Lungi Ngidi because of a long-term knee injury.

Ngidi had been expected to become a regular member of the fast bowling attack following the retirement of Morne Morkel at the end of last season.

“It is inevitable that some of our senior players will start thinking of retiring in years to come.”

It will be Pakistan’s first Test tour of South Africa since 2012/13 when Graeme Smith led the hosts to a 3-0 clean sweep against Misbah-ul-Haq’s tourists.

South African squad : Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.

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