Johannesburg – Uncapped Knights batsman Dean Elgar has replaced injured JP Duminy in South Africa's Test squad for their ongoing tour of Australia.

Elgar would link up with the Proteas squad within “the next couple of days”, Cricket SA (CSA) said in a statement on Sunday.

“We have opted for a like-for-like replacement,” CSA selection convenor Andrew Hudson said.

“Dean can bat anywhere in the top order and he also gives us a back-up spin bowling option. He is currently in good form and made 76 with a strike rate of 107 in the Chevrolet Knights' only 50 overs game to date (this season).

“He had a good debut for the Proteas in their recent ODI series in England and he fully deserves his call-up to our Test squad as well.”

Elgar, 25, has played five ODI’s for South Africa.

He holds an average of 44.75 in 74 career first-class matches.

Duminy was ruled out the tour after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in a warm-down session after Friday's opening day of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane. – Sapa