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Proteas opener signs for Hampshire

29th March 2019, 14:13 by Simon Barlow

Hampshire have announced South Africa opener Aiden Markram will be their new overseas player for the start of the season.

The 24-year-old will replace Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who is in the frame to captain his country at this summer's 50-over World Cup.

Hampshire get their County Championship campaign underway against Essex at the Rose Bowl on April 5 and Markram is scheduled to be available for it.

"He's a player we've looked at over the past couple of years," said Hampshire director of cricket Giles White.

Markram had a brief spell at Durham last season, making 124 runs in five innings at an average of 24.80.

"He's done particularly well at the start of his international career and forged his way into their white-ball side recently," White told BBC Radio Solent.

"We're really pleased to have secured Aiden and we look forward to welcoming him as soon as possible."

Hampshire will have Markram available until the end of the group stages of the One-Day Cup should he be selected for the World Cup, which begins for South Africa on May 30 with a match against hosts England.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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