Markram eyes Proteas ‘Test’ captaincy
South Africa opening batsman Aiden Markram has said he would give an ‘arm and a leg’ to captain SA in Tests. He also admitted that he himself doubting his own ability during a difficult 12 months in the Test cricket.
The 25 year-old is considered one of the front-runners to take over the Test captaincy from Faf du Plessis when SA return to five-day action.
“It is just nice to be considered and I’d give an absolute arm and a leg to be able to do it, but in the same breath I don’t want to become desperate about it,”
Markram said in an interview released by Cricket SA.
“It’s one of those things where if it were to happen it would be amazing. But if not, there are plenty of good leaders within the environment that will definitely take the team.”
Markram led SA to victory at the 2014 Cricket Under-19 World Cup. He had been picked by Cricket SA director of cricket Graeme Smith as a future captain.
“I really enjoy captaincy,” Markram said. “I enjoy the responsibilities that come with it. I have been able to watch from franchise captains to a guy like Faf and it is just something that I would love to do.”
But Markram must first regain his starting place in the side as he is having some hard times. The opener averaged above 45 in his first 15 Tests, but in the next five managed only 183 runs at an average of 18.30 only.
He had been Left out of the sidelines after injuring his hand when he struck a wall following a pair of ducks in India series.
“I have certainly doubted myself and doubted my abilities,” Markram said. “At the top level, you’re just a few bad knocks away from people wanting you out of the team. I doubted myself quite a bit last year.
“It’s a tough space to be in, but it comes with the territory, and if you want to be a top performer at a high level, you’ve got to find ways to deal with it.”
SA are next scheduled to be in action for two Tests in the West Indies in late July. Although that tour is under threat due to the COVID-19 pandemic has not been erased out yet.