Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday (January 9) named Dean Elgar as their stand-in captain for the third and final Test against Pakistan to be played from on Friday (January 11) in Johannesburg.
Elgar will lead South Africa in Johannesburg in place of Faf du Plessis, as the regular skipper was handed a one-match suspension for his second minor over-rate offence in the second Test in Cape Town, where the hosts won the Test series 2-0 against Pakistan.
On Wednesday, the CSA also named the uncapped opener Pieter Malan as a replacement for Aiden Markram, who sustained a right thigh injury while fielding in Cape Town.
The CSA selection panel convener Linda Zondi said, “The appointment of Elgar as stand-in captain is part of our strategy to develop our pool of leaders. We have previously used Aiden Markram and Quinton de Kock in this role in ODI matches and Dean has previously captained the Proteas at Test match level against England at Lord's in 2017.”
Zondi signed off by saying, “Pieter Malan has an outstanding track record in four-day domestic cricket over the past two seasons, having made more than 1700 runs including 7 centuries. He has also made the step up to South Africa A level, first against Australia and then against India A on the sub-continent.”
(With Cricbuzz Inputs)