South Africa have named six uncapped players in their squad for the first two Tests of the four-match series against England scheduled to begin on December 26. South Africa cricket has been mired in several controversies over the past few weeks and their abysmal year on the field means the selectors have gone for a new-look squad.
The fresh faces include batsmen Pieter Malan and Rassie van der Dussen, bowlers Dane Paterson and Beuran Hendricks, all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius and wicket-keeper Rudi Second. Most of these players have already made their debuts in other formats of the game except Malan and Second, who are yet to register their maiden appearance in international cricket.
"The high number of uncapped players coming into the squad is a reflection of our policy to acknowledge players who do well at franchise level and have put their hands up for selection," said Cricket South Africa selector Linda Zondi.