Cape Town - Fast bowler Dane Paterson was “shocked” after being called up to the Proteas Test squad on Monday.
The Cape Cobras quickie replaces Morne Morkel, who sustained a grade two tear to his left abdominal oblique muscle during South Africa’s 333-run victory over Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.
The Proteas squad travels to Bloemfontein on Tuesday ahead of the second Test starting there on Friday.
“I was shocked when I phoned my girlfriend, Nicole Williams, to tell her I was called up to the Test team. I have mixed feelings and I felt a bit afraid - it is a mixture of joy and nervousness,” Paterson told the Cape Cobras’ official website.
The 28-year-old, who has represented his country in four T20 internationals, said he was relishing being part of the Proteas set-up.
“I am looking forward to link up with Langers (Charl Langeveldt, Proteas bowling coach),” Paterson said.
“The fact that I have represented South Africa before and that I represented South Africa ‘A’ in the off-season which gave me access to the first-class arena, has been to my benefit."