Aiden Markram set for South Africa debut against Bangladesh

Aiden Markram captained South Africa U19 to World Cup glory in 2014
Aiden Markram captained South Africa U19 to World Cup glory in 2014
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South Africa have included uncapped Titans batsman Aiden Markram for the first Test against Bangladesh that kicks-off on Thursday in Potchefstroom.

Markram has captained South Africa Under 19 to World Cup glory in 2014 and was also part of the Test squad that toured England recently as a cover to Faf du Plessis, who missed the opening game. The 22-year-old also captained South Africa A side to two four-day first-class games at home in which he amassed 194 runs overall.

Also included in the squad is all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, who has played 17 ODIs and seven T20Is for the Proteas but is yet to make an appearance in the longer format.

With Chris Morris, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn ruled out of the game due to injuries, Wayne Parnell has been recalled to the squad but he will undergo a fitness test next week with 19-year-old Wiaan Mulder remaining as a cover to him.

Chief selector Linda Zondi has confirmed that AB de Villiers, who hasn't played a Test game for almost two years will be available for selection ahead of the home series against India that begins in January.

South Africa squad for first Test:

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Duanne Olivier, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada

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