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Elgar named stand-in captain for Johannesburg clash
Pakistan tour of South Africa

Elgar named stand-in captain for Johannesburg clash

Opening batsman Dean Elgar has been named as stand-in captain for the third and final Test against Pakistan, starting at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday, Cricket South Africa announced.

Elgar, 31, will lead South Africa in the absence of regular captain Faf du Plessis, who was suspended for one match after South Africa fell short of the required over rate during their nine-wicket win in the second Test at Cape Town.

It was the second offence under Du Plessis’s leadership within a 12-month period.

It will be the second time Elgar has captained South Africa. He led South Africa in the first Test against England at Lord’s in 2017 when Du Plessis returned home for the birth of his first child.

South Africa have also called up uncapped Pieter Malan on standby for Elgar’s opening batting partner, Aiden Markram, who will undergo a fitness test on Thursday.

Markram suffered a bruised right thigh while fielding during the second Test at Newlands and was unable to bat when South Africa required only 41 to clinch the series.

Malan, 29, has performed consistently as an opening batsman for the Cape Cobras franchise, scoring seven centuries during the past two seasons.