Vaughn van Jaarsveld will join South Africa's Test squad on Sunday to cover for ongoing injuries to Ashwell Prince and Graeme Smith. Prince suffered a cracked thumb prior to the Perth Test and JP Duminy was promoted to the starting line-up, leaving no backup batsman in the touring party.
Smith has been battling an elbow problem that needed a painkilling injection before the Melbourne Test. He was intending to play through the Test series before assessing whether surgery was required.
van Jaarsveld, 23, was already part of the squad for the limited-overs series that follows the Tests and his early arrival gives him a chance to acclimatise to the Australian conditions. A Lions left-hand batsman, van Jaarsveld is yet to make his international debut.
"Vaughn will provide us with cover for both Ashwell Prince and Graeme Smith," the coach Mickey Arthur said. "It will also provide him with a valuable opportunity to work with the national squad as he is the only member of the ODI squad who did not attend our pre-season camp in October."