South Africa have included paceman Marchant de Lange to their squad for the upcoming one-day international series against England.
De Lange has been added to bolster the Proteas’ depleted bowling stocks after injuries to Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Kyle Abbott.
The 25-year-old claimed 2-69 for South Africa A in England’s emphatic warm-up win in Kimberley yesterday and, with concerns over the workload of Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, is in line to make his first ODI appearance for 12 months.
“Marchant gives us more options with our fast bowlers – because there is no Steyn, no (Vernon) Philander, no Kyle Abbott,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo said.
“We need to manage the workloads of Morkel and Rabada, who have played a lot.
“We need to broaden our fast bowling base for this series.”
South Africa beat India 3-2 in their most recent ODI series and will look to gain a measure of revenge for their Test series humbling when the five-match series begins in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
Domingo admitted he would like to use the series to look at his bowling depth with Albie Morkel also touted as another possible player to come in should he prove his fitness after suffering a back spasm.
“We have had a lot of injuries of late,” Domingo added.
“Not having Dale and Vernon was a big blow, but it’s an opportunity to test the depth of South African cricket and to provide opportunities for the fringe bowlers to step up and put in some good performances.
“The big concern is the fact that Rabada and Morkel have played a lot of cricket of late and have bowled so many overs – we need to manage them over the next few days.”