South Africa call up uncapped Wiaan Mulder to Test squad
After an ODI recall last week, Wiaan Mulder is now in the Test squad. © AFP

South Africa have added the allrounder Wiaan Mulder to their squad for upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, the only change to the squad that recently beat Pakistan 3-0.

Mulder, capped in eight ODIs, returned to the ODI setup last week and claimed 1/20 from three overs as South Africa beat Pakistan 3-2. He had been sidelined with an ankle injury in September, and having proven his fitness and form with ten wickets in three first-class matches, as well as a century, the 20-year-old was ushered back in.

From 20 first-class matches, Mulder has 1034 runs at 43.08, with three centuries, and 60 wickets at 23.61 apiece.

“Wiaan has been part of our strategic thinking in developing a batting all-rounder for the Test squad for some time,” Cricket South Africa’s selection panel convener Linda Zondi said on Thursday. “His injury in the white ball series against Zimbabwe last year came at an unfortunate time and we are gradually working him back into the Proteas set-up.”

South Africa host Sri Lanka for two Tests, five ODIs and a couple of T20Is. The series starts with the first Test on February 13.

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