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Paterson could make test debut as S.Africa mull options

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South Africa could hand a debut to seamer Dane Paterson in the third test against England starting on Thursday, hoping that reverse-swing will be a factor at St George Park as they seek to get ahead in the series.

FILE PHOTO: Cricket – England vs South Africa – Third International T20 – The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff, Britain – June 25, 2017 South Africa's Dane Paterson celebrates taking the wicket of England's Jos Buttler with Mangaliso Mosehle (L) and AB De Villiers (R) Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa: South Africa could hand a debut to seamer Dane Paterson in the third test against England starting on Thursday, hoping that reverse-swing will be a factor at St George Park as they seek to get ahead in the series.

Paterson, 30, has previously played limited overs internationals for South Africa and captain Faf Du Plessis hinted he could be in line for a test debut, though he stressed no decision had been made yet.

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"We are considering the possibility of looking at someone like Dane Paterson," Du Plessis told reporters. "But we have not decided that yet. Obviously for who would be the big question we need to answer. That we will decide this afternoon, if he does come in.

"Its about the nature of the ground, conditions here and style of bowling that can work at St Georges. But if you do that (play Paterson) you are going in with one less batter or no spinner.

"And there is merit for having both. You need a spinner at St Georges and you also need a long batting line-up, so it is not an easy decision. It is something that we are talking about as an option on the table."

The wicket in Port Elizabeth has produced reverse-swing in recent tests, and Paterson would be a player who can help South Africa extract that advantage out of the pitch.

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"Reverse swing generally plays a role here, you need a wind, dry hot air blowing to get the ball dry. If there is something that can scuff up the ball then that might speed it up," Du Plessis added.

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