De Lange brought in as cover for Steyn
Titans fast bowler Marchant de Lange has been called up to South Africa's squad for the last two Tests in India as cover for Dale Steyn, who is doubtful for the Nagpur fixture beginning on November 25 because of a groin injury.
De Lange has played two Tests for South Africa, the last of which was in Wellington in 2012. He was part of the T20 squad that won the series in India earlier in the tour.
"At the moment we only have three fit seamers in Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott, so with Dale still struggling with a groin injury we decided to bring Marchant in as cover so we are prepared in case one of the three breaks down," South Africa coach Russell Domingo said. "Marchant's biggest strength is pace, if the ball does start to reverse swing his pace through the air brings him into the contest.
"Even though his performances back home have been a bit inconsistent, we do know that as an impact player he is a guy that can turn the game with a good spell. Guys that can bowl at 150 km per hour will always be good value."
South Africa trail 1-0 in the series, after losing heavily in Mohali and then watching rain washout the Bangalore Test. Domingo, however, was confident his team could turn it around.
"We've done it before," he said. "We know that we are still in the contest with two matches to play, the wickets are definitely going to produce results. We are 1-0 down so we have every chance of turning it around in Nagpur. We have a lot of inexperienced players who haven't played in India before so hopefully they will have learnt a lot of lessons from these first two matches."