South Africa call up young fast bowler De Lange
Marchant de Lange, a 21-year-old fast bowler, was yesterday named in South Africa's 13-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Centurion from December 15.Marchant de Lange, a 21-year-old fast bowler, was yesterday named in South Africa's 13-man squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Centurion from December 15.
Batsman Alviro Petersen and De Lange were added to the 11 who shared the honours in a two-match series against Australia last month.
De Lange, from citrus farming town Tzaneen north of Pretoria, has played in only 14 first-class matches but impressed with his ability to generate pace of 145kmh-plus from a relatively short run-up.
He took five for 56 for South Africa A against the Australians on a bowler-friendly pitch in Potchefstroom before the Test series.
It seems unlikely that De Lange will be in the final team, however, as he is recovering from a thumb injury which ruled him out of selection for a South African Invitation XI that plays the Sri Lankans in a three-day match starting Friday in Benoni.