Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday called up 20-year-old Highveld Lions all-rounder Wiaan Mulder to the Proteas
Test squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka starting
Mulder was previously included in the squad for the Test
Series against Australia last year but has still to make his debut, having been
ruled out by injury for much of the current South African season.
This is the only addition to the Proteas Test squad that
scored a clean sweep 3-0 series victory over Pakistan earlier this season.
“Wiaan has been part of our strategic thinking in developing
a batting all-rounder for the Test squad for some time,” commented CSA National
Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi.
“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.
“We never want to rush players back from injury because that
can be counter-productive, but he has now had a couple of good weeks of action
in the 4-Day Franchise Series.
“For the same reason we are not going to rush Lungi Ngidi
back into international action until he has had the time to gain full match
“After the convincing victory against Pakistan the selectors
are looking to exercise consistency in the squad and at the same time to
strengthen it through the inclusion of Mulder,” concluded Zondi.
Proteas Test squad:
Faf du Plessis
(Titans, captain), Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba
Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Quinton de
Kock (Titans), Dean Elgar (Titans), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden
Markram (Titans), Wiaan Mulder (Highveld Lions), Duanne Olivier
(Knights), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso
Rabada (Highveld Lions), Dale Steyn (Titans)
Sri Lanka Test tour to SA:
February 13-17, 1st Test, Kingsmead, Durban - 10:00
February 21-25, 2nd Test, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth - 10:00