SA v PAK 2018-19: Markram rates 90-run knock on Day 1 in Jo'burg as his best

The right-hander struck a fantastic 90 against Pakistan.

Markram has been consistent with the bat in this series | Getty

Aiden Markram believes that the 90-run knock on Day 1 of the ongoing third and final Test match against Pakistan in Johannesburg is "probably the best"  he has played at the highest level. 

The right-hander followed his fluent 78 in Cape Town with another solid effort and helped South Africa post a good first innings total of 262, which included a massive collapse where Proteas lost their last seven wickets for just 36 runs. 

"I thought it was quite tricky up front. In the first five-six-seven overs, their seamers made it really hard for us and the ball was going around a bit," Markram was quoted saying by ESPNcricinfo, "But it was nice to get a good partnership (126-run stand) with Hash (Hashim Amla). It was quite important to get through that first hour, and allow us to set up a chance for us to go big after that."

"It's important to still respect good balls and identify good balls that you can't be getting out to and need to be showing respect towards. But when a bad one does present itself or a ball in your zone to score, you need to be in the frame of mind to put it away and try and keep scoring."

"That's important for me, I feel I move quite well when I'm looking to score. It's a bit of the intensity as well, and a lot of the natural and instinctive things take over as well," he added. 

The 24-year-old also clarified that while the surface did offer something for leg-spinner Shadab Khan, the hosts' decision to still field four quicks and no spinner was to persist with the winning combination from Cape Town. 

"I think when you see the turn and you've left out a spinner and we'll be bowling in the fourth innings, there will be question marks," Markram further said, "But at the end of the day, we've selected our four quicks, and they did the job in Cape Town so we have to back them to deliver the goods even if the wicket does get flat and even if the wicket is spinner friendly."

"Our seamers need to find a way to take wickets. We've got with our selection, now we need to back it up."


By Kashish Chadha - 12 Jan, 2019

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