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Elgar Appointed Stand-in Captain For Final Test Against Pakistan

Dean Elgar has been appointed stand-in captain for the third and final Test against Pakistan at Wanderers Stadium, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday (January 9). Uncapped batsman Pieter Malan has also been drafted in for the Test as standby for Aiden Markram.

Cricketnext Staff |January 9, 2019, 9:54 PM IST
Elgar Appointed Stand-in Captain For Final Test Against Pakistan

Dean Elgar has been appointed stand-in captain for the third and final Test against Pakistan at Wanderers Stadium, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday (January 9). Uncapped batsman Pieter Malan has also been drafted in for the Test as standby for Aiden Markram.

Regular captain Faf du Plessis was suspended for one Test and fined 20% of his match fees after his team was found guilty of maintaining a slow over-rate during South Africa's nine-wicket win over Pakistan in Cape Town. This was the second over-rate offence by South Africa within a year hence the ban on du Plessis.

This will just be the second Test for Elgar as captain of South Africa. He had led the Proteas in the first Test against England at Lord's in 2017, a match they lost by 211 runs.

“The appointment of Elgar as stand-in captain is part of our strategy to develop our pool of leaders,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi.

“We have previously used Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock in this role in ODI matches and Dean has previously captained the Proteas at Test match level against England at Lord’s in 2017."

Malan meanwhile has been named as standby for Markram, who had suffered an injury to his right thigh during the second Test preventing him from opening during South Africa's second innings. A final call on his availability will be taken on the eve of the match.

Malan comes into the side with an outstanding first-class record behind him. He has amassed 9621 runs in 137 outings with an average of 45.81 and is expected to do more than a decent job if given the chance at Wanderers.

“Pieter Malan has an outstanding track record in four-day domestic cricket over the past two seasons, having made more than 1700 runs including 7 centuries. He has also made the step up to South Africa A level, first against Australia and then against India A on the sub-continent,” concluded Zondi.

South Africa have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead over Pakistan by virtue of their six and nine-wicket wins in Centurion and Cape Town respectively. The third and final Test will be played in Johannesburg from January 11.

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