Dane Paterson
Dane Paterson (AFP Photo)

South Africa have added uncapped Dane Paterson as the replacement for the injured pacer Vernon Philander to their squad for the first Test against Pakistan starting December 26.

Philander misses out after suffering a hairline fracture on his right thumb.

The 29-year-old Paterson has an experience of 94 first-class matches in which he has picked up 321 wickets at 23.56.

The right-arm pacer made his international debut in an ODI last year against Bangladesh and has so far played three of them apart from eight T20Is.

We have been looking at him for some time, Linda Zondi, Cricket South Africa s selection convener said. He is a bowler who has performed on the domestic scene consistently for a long time and he will be our back-up for the first Test.

This is the second injury setback for South Africa who host Pakistan for a three-Test series from next week. Lungi Ngidi has already been ruled out due to a knee injury and will return only in February next year.

Centurion will host the Boxing Day Test for the first time before the action moves to Cape Town for the second Test (January 3-7) and then Johannesburg for the third (January 11-5) next year.