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Dean Elgar backs Aiden Markram to shine at international level

Aiden Markram has been in rich vein of form in domestic cricket
Aiden Markram has been in rich vein of form in domestic cricket

South Africa batsman Dean Elgar is confident that his new opening partner Aiden Markram will finally put an end to the team's batting woes at the top.

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.

Both Elgar and Markram recently shared a 184 run opening stand for their club Titans in the recently concluded four-day game against Dolphins with the latter scoring 119 and 87 in the two innings.

"I‘m extremely excited for Aiden because he has shown over the last season or two that he is a special player," Elgar told a news conference on Monday.

"He is still very young but he has shown that he is developing every time he holds his bat.

"We have just gone through a successful four-day game together for (South African franchise) the Titans as an opening pair and hopefully we have longevity.

"We need to have a bit of stability and consistency and hopefully we can have a couple of years or seasons together."

Elgar was seen partnering with Stiaan van Zyl‚ Stephen Cook‚ Theunis de Bruyn and most recently Heino Kuhn but the lack of consistency meant the selectors had to continuously look for options and the 30-year-old hope their woes at the top are addressed with the inclusion of Markram.

"I do think it’s unfair to expect a batting unit to be settled if the opening unit is unsettled. Your core, with regards to the batting collective, is your opening pair. Openers set up the rest for the guys to come through and play naturally,” said Elgar.

"From my side‚ it’s good just to have him settle his own mind and take it in his own way,” he said.

"I‘m sure he has his own way and when we get closer to the test match we will obviously sit down and have a normal chat.

"Sometimes you don’t need to talk cricket, you just need to give him peace of mind because he is a special cricketer."

The first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa will begin on 28th October at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom.

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