JOHANNEBSURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 17, Zak greets acting CEO Jacques Faul during the Cricket SA Mascot unveilled at Nu Metro, Montecasino on July 17, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images

The new Proteas mascot was unveiled on Tuesday – two days before the national side face England in their first Test of the new season.

“ZAC is the all-new official mascot for the Proteas and South African cricket,” Cricket SA (CSA) said in a statement.

“His name is derived from the words South Africa (ZA) and Cricket (C), and his physical features stem from two of our country's most recogniseable symbols, the African Lion and the King Protea.”

Acting CSA chief executive Jacques Faul said the national federation wanted to provide fans with a character that embodied the skills required to compete at the highest level of the game.

“Strength, power, speed agility and skill are all characteristics that ZAC and the Proteas posess in abundance,” Faul said.

“Together they will become the pride of the nation.” – Sapa