Dean Elgar to lead South Africa in final Test
South Africa opener Dean Elgar will lead the Proteas in the final Test against Pakistan in place of Faf du Plessis, who has been suspended for one match.
After Faf du Plessis was found guilty for slow over-rate for the second time within 12 months in the second Test against Pakistan, he was imposed with one-match ban according to the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
With series already under South Africa’s best, Elgar is set to lead in the third and the final Test. The right-hand batsman has plenty of experience in leading a side as he was the captain of the South Africa Under-19 team at the Afro-Asia Cup and the World Cup. He also led South Africa A and provincial sides in the past.
And when it comes to the senior level, Elgar has already led South Africa once against England in 2017 when du Plessis couldn’t play due to the birth of his first child.
Meanwhile, South Africa have also put uncapped Cape Cobras opening batsman Pieter Malan on standby for Aiden Markram, who sustained a right thigh injury during the second Test at Newlands.
Cricket South Africa’s selection convener Linda Zondi informed –
“The appointment of Elgar as stand-in captain is part of our strategy to develop our pool of leaders. e 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.”
“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,” Zondi said. “He has also made the step up to South Africa A level, first against Australia and then against India A on the sub-continent,” he added.
The final Test will start on 11th January at Wanderers Stadium.