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Opener passed fit for South Africa

10th January 2019, 15:52 by Nick Harris

South African opener Aiden Markram has been passed fit to face Pakistan in Johannesburg in the third and final Test on Friday.

Markram, who injured his thigh fielding in the second Test in Cape Town, will take his place at the top of the batting order with stand-in captain Dean Elgar as the Proteas look to register a 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan.

Elgar, replacing the suspended Faf des Plessis, says cricket fans will have to wait a little longer to find out if highly-rated Cobras batsman Zubayr Hamza will make his debut.

“We have a good headache at the moment because we can either go with the four-seamer option or we go back to three seamers and one spinner‚” said Elgar.

“This morning Markram went through some serious fitness tests because you have to take that stuff seriously.

"I think he managed to get through everything like everyone expected him to, but he is doing another one and after that they will make a call. I am pretty sure that he will be in a good space to play.

“Elsewhere‚ I don’t think we are going to shift around the batting line-up too much. I think players have earned their places at respective positions. Whoever comes in for Faf will be a direct swap for that position.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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