South Africa in Australia 2016-17 November 7, 2016

Dwaine Pretorius called up to replace Steyn

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwaine Pretorius had made his ODI debut in September © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Uncapped allrounder Dwaine Pretorius has been named as Dale Steyn's replacement for the remaining Tests in Australia. South Africa needed the reinforcement because Steyn broke his shoulder while bowling on the first day of the Perth Test; he bowled only 12.4 overs in the match and was ruled out of the series.

Pretorius, 27, represents the Lions franchise in domestic cricket in South Africa and made his ODI debut in September, playing three matches against Ireland and Australia. He has played 36 first-class matches and taken 115 wickets at an average of 22.27. He also has 1963 first-class runs at an average of 43.62 with four centuries.

In the first three rounds of the ongoing Sunfoil Series, South Africa's first-class competition, Pretorius made scores of 87, 80, 97, 28 and 72. He also took 6 for 81 in an innings, against Warriors.

Despite losing Steyn - he is expected to be sidelined for around six months - South Africa were able to win the Perth Test by 177 runs, bowling Australia out twice with a three-man attack comprising fast bowlers Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada, and debutant left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj. South Africa have Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel, who was not 100% for the first Test, in the squad as well and they will now be joined by Pretorius.

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