India are leading the four-match series 1-0 after two matches with the third game beginning here on November 25.

De Lang was called up as a cover for the remaining two matches should Steyn fail to be fit for them.

Steyn is making progress from the groin injury sustained during the first Test at Mohali. De Lange was part of the Proteas T20 squad that beat India 2-0 in the first leg of the tour and has played two Tests, the last being against New Zealand in Wellington in 2012.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo explained the decision in a statement yesterday.

"At the moment we only have three fit seamers in Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott so with Dale still struggling with a groin injury we decided to bring Marchant in as cover so we are prepared in case one of the three breaks down,” said Russell.

"Marchant's biggest strength is pace, if the ball does start to reverse-swing his pace through the air brings him into the contest. Even though his performances back home have been a bit inconsistent, we do know that as an impact player he is a guy that can turn the game with a good spell,” he added.

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