Elgar Appointed Stand-in Captain For Final Test Against Pakistan

Ruben Hill
January 11, 2019

And hosts South Africa stand at the opposite direction looking to go for the kill.

Du Plessis will miss the final Test - live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7.55am on Friday - after being banned for one game because of South Africa's slow over-rate in Cape Town.

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Abbas (C) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Dean Elgar (not in picture) during the first day of the third Cricket Test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Wanderers cricket stadium on January 11, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Winning the toss and batting first, the Proteas lost stand-in captain Dean Elgar for 5 runs in the second over of the morning as Muhammad Abbas produced a handsome ball to have the skipper out caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed.

South African squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, Dane Paterson, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Rassie van der Dussen. Opener Aiden Markram was passed fit after a thigh injury, leaving Pieter Malan waiting for a first cap. A final call on his availability will be taken on the eve of the match. He has amassed 9621 runs in 137 outings with an average of 45.81 and is expected to do more than a decent job if given the chance at Wanderers.

The uncapped Pieter Malan was on standby for Markram. "He has also made the step up to South Africa A level, first against Australia and then against India A on the sub-continent", concluded Zondi. The third and final Test will be played in Johannesburg from January 11.

The Proteas were in a similar position in the same period past year against India, clinching the three-match series in the second Test before going down to the visitors in the dead-rubber played at the very same venue.

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