South Africa vs Bangladesh: Dean Elgar backs uncapped Aiden Markram to deliver in the opening slot

Markram is the latest player to be brought in at the top of the order to partner with Elgar as the side continues to reshuffle its opening partnership.

AFP, Sep, 26 2017

Johannesburg: South African opener Dean Elgar is backing new cap Aiden Markram to make a successful step up to senior international cricket when the Proteas meet Bangladesh in the first test in Potchefstroom on Thursday.

Markram, with whom Elgar shared a 184-run stand in South Africa’s domestic four-day series last week, is the latest player to be brought in at the top of the order as the side continues to reshuffle its opening partnership.

“I‘m extremely excited for Aiden because he has shown over the last season or two that he is a special player. He is still very young but he has shown that he is developing every time he holds his bat,” Elgar told a news conference on Monday.

South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates his century on the final day of the third Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval cricket ground in London on July 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB

File image of South Africa's Dean Elgar. AFP

“We have just gone through a successful four-day game together for (South African franchise) the Titans as an opening pair and hopefully we have longevity. We need to have a bit of stability and consistency and hopefully we can have a couple of years or seasons together.”

The 22-year-old Markram was a member of the Test squad on the tour of England in July-August but did not play a game. But his inclusion in a 13-man squad in place of Heino Kuhn suggests he will make his debut in the first of the two-test series.

“I do think it’s unfair to expect a batting unit to be settled if the opening unit is unsettled. Your core, with regards to the batting collective, is your opening pair. Openers set up the rest for the guys to come through and play naturally,” said Elgar.

The 30-year-old added that he was hoping his partnership with Markram would prove more enduring than recent ones with Stiaan van Zyl‚ Stephen Cook‚ Theunis de Bruyn and Kuhn.

“From my side‚ it’s good just to have him settle his own mind and take it in his own way,” he said.

“I‘m sure he has his own way and when we get closer to the Test match we will obviously sit down and have a normal chat. Sometimes you don’t need to talk cricket, you just need to give him peace of mind because he is a special cricketer.”

Markram, who will turn 23 next week, has a first class average of 44.33.

Published Date: Sep 26, 2017 | Updated Date: Sep 26, 2017




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