South Africa have announced Dean Elgar as their stand-in captain, in place of the suspended regular skipper Faf du Plessis, for the third and final Test against Pakistan, due to start in Johannesburg on Friday, reports Cricbuzz.
Du Plessis was handed a one-match suspension for his second minor over-rate offence at the end of the series-clinching second Test in Cape Town. Elgar had previously captained South Africa in the Lord’s Test in the 2017 tour.
Cricket South Africa selectors have also put uncapped opener Pieter Malan on standby for Aiden Markram, who sustained a right thigh injury while fielding in Cape Town. Markram is due to undergo a fitness test on the eve of the third Test to determine whether he can play.
“The appointment of Elgar as stand-in captain is part of our strategy to develop our pool of leaders,” said selection panel convener Linda Zondi. “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.
“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,” Zondi concluded.