Proteas name De Kock as cover

  • Last Updated: February 19 2014, 20:02 GMT

South Africa have called up Quinton de Kock as batting cover for Alviro Petersen ahead of the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth.

Quinton de Kock: called into South Africa's squad
Quinton de Kock: called into South Africa's squad

Petersen has been struggling with a viral infection but if he recovers in time then De Kock will return to his franchise the Highveld Lions, the Proteas have announced.

A decision on Petersen's availability will be made before Thursday morning's toss at St George's Park, where South Africa are looking to level the three-match series at 1-1 after losing the first Test by 281 runs.

The 21-year-old De Kock has yet to play a Test for South Africa but has represented his country in 16 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 internationals.

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