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Rabada returns, Baartman and Dupavillon earn maiden call-up for Pakistan Tests
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Rabada returns, Baartman and Dupavillon earn maiden call-up for Pakistan Tests

Fit-again Kagiso Rabada has been maintained a spot in South Africa's Test side for the upcoming tour of Pakistan after being rested for the Tests against Sri Lanka at home. Meanwhile, uncapped seamers Daryn Dupavillon and Ottniel Baartman have been rewarded for their domestic performances by receiving maiden call-ups to the red-ball outfit.

South Africa's strengthened pace bowling department additionally boasts the inclusion of Dwaine Pretorious, who like Rabada missed the Sri Lanka series due to injury woes.

The Proteas pace quartet featuring Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla and Wiaan Mulder architected Sri Lanka's batting capitulation, particularly in the second game in Johannesburg, and continue to line up the Test team.

In the spin compartment, South Africa have gone for the spin duo of Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde to provide company to specialist spinner Keshav Maharaj.

“As a selection panel, we are very excited to see how the tour of Pakistan will pan out for the players we have chosen,” Victor Mpitsang, Convenor of Selectors, was quoted as saying by citizen.co.za.

“We are confident in our selections and believe in rewarding good performances both on and off the field, which is why we have gone with the core of the group that was selected for the Sri Lanka home series.

“Considering that the conditions that will be faced are largely unknown to the South African team, we wanted to strengthen the attack with the skill sets that Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde have to offer while giving players like Daryn Dupavillon and Ottneil Baartman an opportunity after making strong cases for themselves in recent seasons.”

South Africa's historic tour of Pakistan is their first trip to the country since the 2007 Test series. Their away series against Pakistan during this period comprised of outings in the neutral venue of UAE.

The tour will kick off with the two-Test series in Karachi and Rawalpindi starting January 26. The long-format clashes will be followed by three T20Is from February 11-14 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

South Africa Test squad

Quinton de Kock (capt & wk), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Ottniel Baartman