South Africa’s first Test against Bangladesh is set to have a debutant, as Aiden Markram has been included in the 13 man squad for the first Test scheduled to begin from 28th September. Aiden Markram has been knocking on the doors for a long time now. The 22-year-old right-hand opening batsman is set to make his Test debut on Bangladesh’s tour of the rainbow nation.
Markram was also a part of the Test squad which toured England but did not get an opportunity to play in any of the four Test matches. Markram was the captain of the South African under-19 which won the World Cup in 2014. He has also led the South African ‘A’ side in four-day tour matches. The South African selection committee has included the uncapped Andile Phelukwayo and Wayne Parnell. Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn and all-rounder Chris Morris have been ruled out of the squad due to injuries.
Wiaan Mulder has also been included in the squad as a backup for Wayne Parnell will undergo a fitness Test next week. However, if Parnell clears the Test, Mulder shall return to join the Highveld Lions for their Sunfoil Series starting next Thursday.
On Markam’s inclusion to the team CSA’s selection committee convener Linda Zondi said, “Aiden has been knocking on the door for some time now, “He gained valuable insight into the Proteas team culture during the tour of England and he has shown maturity beyond his years, having captained South Africa to victory in the under-19 World Cup and as captain of the South Africa A four-day side. The inclusion of Andile and Wayne provides the necessary all-rounders to give options as concerns the balance of the starting XI. The selection of some younger players is part of the process to build for the future and at the same time maintain our hard core of experience,”
The squad, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Duanne Olivier, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada.