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South Africa on Thursday picked uncapped batsman Zubayr Hamza for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan starting December 26

In case Hamza makes his debut in any of the three Tests, he will become the 100th player to represent South Africa in Test cricket.

“Zubayr has been one of the standout cricketers in domestic cricket over the past year and carried that form into the South Africa A tour to India where he averaged over 50 in the four-day series against tough opposition and under tough conditions,” said Cricket South Africa National Selection Panel convener Linda Zondi.

“Before that, he had an outstanding season in the four-day franchise competition where he scored 823 runs, including three centuries, at the impressive average of 69.”

Paceman Duanne Olivier was also recalled to the side in place of Lungi Ngidi who was ruled out of action for 12 weeks after injuring his knee during a T20I against Australia.

On the inclusion of Olivier, Zondi said, “As unfortunate as Lungi’s injury is we are blessed to have outstanding depth in our fast-bowling resources. Duanne has impressed on his previous appearances for the Proteas and has had a good franchise season to date with 20 wickets in his five matches at an average of 22.80.”

South Africa play three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is against Pakistan starting on December 26.