Markram named South Africa captain for remainder of ODI series against India

Aiden Markram has played just two ODIs for South Africa
Aiden Markram has played just two ODIs for South Africa
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South Africa opening batsman Aiden Markram has been named the captain of the Proteas side for the remainder of the One-Day International series against India.

The decision follows after regular skipper Faf du Plessis has been ruled of the series following a finger injury that he sustained during the first game in Durban. Despite, du Plessis' 120-run knock in the series opener, South Africa went on to lose the game by six wickets.

Meanwhile, Markram made his ODI debut for South Africa in October last year against Bangladesh and has featured in just two games in the 50-over format including the Durban match against India.

The 23-year-old has experience of leading South Africa to a Under-19 World Cup triumph in 2014 and is touted to be a future leader for the Proteas senior side.

It wasn't a hard decision. Rather, it was an easy decision. If AB de Villiers was around, and other senior players as well, we would have probably looked at different options," said Cricket South Africa selection panel Linda Zondi.

"But at the moment, with both our former captains not around, it was an ideal opportunity for us that here is Markram, lets see what he can offer. We are confident. He wants to do it as well. It just gives us an opportunity to open it up and see what he can offer.

"We are aware that Markram is new to our set-up. Part of our Vision 2019 plan is to build a pool of leaders within the set-up. I think Markram has always been in our plans since he was Under-19 captain, leading up to South Africa A, and now joining the Proteas."

Markram will lead South Africa in the remaining five ODI games and Zondi confirmed that the decision on the skipper for the Twenty20 International series will be revealed later.

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