South Africa vs Pakistan: CSA appoints Dean Elgar as stand-in skipper for Wanderers Test
Faf du Plessis won't play the third Test in Johannesburg.
Updated - Jan 9, 2019 3:11 pm
South Africa are currently leading the three-match Test series against Pakistan 2-0 and the Proteas have thoroughly been dominant in the red-ball fixtures as the visiting team have strained to find their feet in the series. The third and final encounter at the renowned Wanderers in Johannesburg is scheduled to be played from Friday, January 11 and the encounter is nothing but a dead rubber.
However, their skipper Faf du Plessis was slapped with a one-match suspension and it was imposed by Match Referee David Boon after South Africa were found one over short in their triumph in Cape Town after the time-allowances were taken into consideration. He was also fined 20 percent of his match fees even as the other players in that contest were handed a 10 percent match fee fine.
South Africa make some changes
Earlier, du Plessis was also found guilty for the same offence within a period of 12 months during the Centurion Test when India toured the Rainbow Nation. In the meantime, it has been learned that Cricket South Africa (CSA) has appointed Dean Elgar as the stand-in captain for the third Test as per reports in Cricbuzz. Pieter Malan has been put on standby in place of Aiden Markram.
Markram scored 78 in the first innings of the second Test but developed an injury on his right thigh. His omission can leave a massive void in the playing eleven. Meanwhile, his probable replacement in Malan is no rookie on the cricket pitch. The 29-year-old from Nelspruit has a truckload of experience at the first-class level, having plied his trade in 137 matches in which he has scored 9621 runs.
Moreover, he has 30 centuries and 41 half-centuries with a top score of 211 not out. The experienced campaigner has scored those runs at an average of 45.81. He would undoubtedly want to make use of the chance provided he gets his maiden international cap. For the time being, South Africa would be looking to continue their dominance over Sarfraz Ahmed and Co and clean sweep them.