Markram ready to bat at No 4, but not to replace AB

The next big thing of Cricket South Africa has been in tremendous form in the longest format of the game. He has accumulated exactly 1000 runs in 10 games that he played at an average of 55.55.

The performance earned him award of ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Cricket South Africa awards. Aiden Markram had a stunning start to his International career but at the same time, de Villiers ended his International career.

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With less than a year to go for 2019 World Cup, it will be a huge blow for Cricket South Africa. South Africa have to find the replacement for de Villiers and Markram said he is ready for the challenge.

“It’s a little bit foreign to me, having opened for most of my life, but there have been a few white ball games with the Titans and in the Indian series where I have batted at No 4,” he told Sport24.

“It’s a little bit different, but at the end of the day it’s the ball and the situation you’ve got to play. If I ever got given that opportunity I would take it with open arms.”

“I don’t think it’s a case of trying to find the next AB de Villiers because we will never manage to find another player like that,” he said.

“It’s still quite important that whoever does fill that role makes it their own and plays their own game in that role,” he said.

“Whether you get the job done like AB does or whoever … as long as the job gets done.

“It’s going to be an interesting selection headache, because there are a lot of good players coming through. You’ve got a guy like Heinrich Klaasen and a guy like Temba (Bavuma) who might come into the mix now. It’s going to be interesting,” he added.

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