Stephen Cook, the uncapped right-handed opener of the Highveld Lions, has been named in South Africa's squad for the fourth and final Test against England.
Cook, 33, who scored an unbeaten half-century against England in a tour match for South Africa A prior to the start of the series is touted to replace the out-of-form Stiaan van Zyl, who has made only 69 runs in his last five innings.
Cook, on the other hand, tops the batting average in the domestic competition this season having amassed 415 runs at an average of 83, including two centuries and a half-century in his last three matches for the Lions.
"Stephen has been in excellent form this season and gives us another option at the top of the order," said Linda Zondi, the chief selector.
Cook is also the fourth player in South Africa's first-class domestic arena to score 10,000 runs behind Graeme Pollock, Peter Kirsten and father Jimmy Cook.
While Dale Steyn is still nursing an injured shoulder, he has retained his place in the 17-man squad, despite having missed out on the last two Tests. Quinton de Kock, who missed the third Test with a knee injury that he picked up while walking his dogs, will return to take guard behind the stumps.
South Africa squad for fourth Test: AB de Villiers (c), K Abbott, H Amla, T Bavuma, S Cook, Q de Kock (wkt), JP Duminy, F du Plessis, D Elgar, M Morkel, C Morris, D Piedt, K Rabada, R Rossouw, D Steyn, S van Zyl, H Viljoen.