South Africa in England 2017 July 10, 2017

Markram to remain with Test squad


Aiden Markram has yet to make his Test debut © Getty Images

Opening batsman Aiden Markram will remain with South Africa's Test squad in the UK. His availability for the Test series will be determined on a match-by-match basis as he may yet return home for the A series against India*.

With Australia A cancelling their tour to South Africa because of the ongoing pay dispute, the selectors have decided to keep Markram with the senior side to gain experience and provide an extra batting option. South Africa are in the process of confirming a replacement for Australia A later this week.

Markram was initially included in the squad as cover for Faf du Plessis, who missed the first Test because of the birth of his child, and was due to head home on du Plessis' return. Markram did not play in the warm-up match in Worcester or at Lord's because Theunis de Bruyn was preferred and will likely still have to wait his turn for a Test debut. But with South Africa's line-up struggling and pressure on the top four, Markram may yet be called upon.

The Under-19 World Cup winner enjoyed a breakthrough season at franchise level where he finished 10th on the first-class run-charts with 565 runs at 51.36 from seven matches. He captained the South Africa A side in England and scored a century in their match against Hampshire and 71 against the Lions.

He did make an appearance as a substitute fielder in the first Test, but he was unable to get hand on a chance from Joe Root early in the England's captain's first-innings 190, having moved in from the boundary at long leg.

*July 11, 10.45amBST: this story was updated to reflect further detail of Markram's availability

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Jimbroh Baba KaVuyo on July 12, 2017, 17:55 GMT

    @cricuser your comments about the boring style of play is very short sighted. He has a strike rate of 44.80, same as D. Brownlie (NZ) is he also a boring batsmen?Dean's strike rate in tests is superior to those of (to name a few): Faf, Alex Hales, Matt Renshaw, Santner, Kraig Brathwaite, etc...

  • mogots9181850 on July 11, 2017, 14:05 GMT

    Elgar style of playing it's boring even people who opened the innings a decade ago they had far more strike rate than him. I don't believe if he was an Australian he would've been playing international cricket

  • Andre on July 11, 2017, 10:43 GMT

    Kuhn as selected because he scored more runs than anyone else on the tour including a double hundred playing for SA-A.

  • Bruce on July 11, 2017, 7:44 GMT

    I don't understand the Kuhn selection. If they wanted experience for this series they may as well have stuck with Cook. When they were in trouble the Aussies picked 20 year old Renshaw and they've never looked back - definitely need to go with Markram

  • shaunr0382006 on July 11, 2017, 7:38 GMT

    @Cheesevantonder The way you say "superstar" as if he would have done better than Kuhn. Granted he has more years left to give but Kuhn is currently in better form than Markram...

  • Kyle on July 11, 2017, 6:46 GMT

    People writing Kuhn off after one game, he deserves a run in the team based on his performances at franchise level. Give the guy a chance

  • Nix on July 11, 2017, 6:10 GMT

    @cheesevantonder - couldn't have said it better. The thing is they don't want to expose him to English conditions as they believe he will find it tough and they therefore decided to go with an experienced player. However, I don't agree with this. Although Kuhn has a lot of experience at domestic level, he and Markram are equally as inexperienced at international cricket. As such, rather have Markram play and allow him to gain massive experience from playing in England - making him so much better going forward. Kuhn will struggle equally as much as Markram on this tour, purely because it is international cricket. The question CSA has to ask themselves is, what will be most beneficial going forward. Which one of the two would they prefer to have gained experience from this tour. Look what G Smith did on his first tour to England. He scored like a double hundred. Difference is back then, we backed the younger players. We need to invest in a new opener now.

  • Cheese on July 10, 2017, 20:48 GMT

    Why debut an average 33 year old in Kuhn who looks out of his depth when you have a 22 yr old super star waiting in the wings as an opener. Welcome to South Africa.

  • Varun on July 10, 2017, 18:24 GMT

    I would bring in Temba Bavuma to open with De kock in odi and move Amla down at 3. De kock, Bavuma, Amla, Du plessis, AB, Miller should be our top 6 with Markram and Elgar as back up. Let duminy play only t20

  • Sohan on July 10, 2017, 17:42 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER Love your idea. But SA should select R Second as a first choice Wicketkeeper in test.

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