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Hamza to replace Du Plesssis in Third test on Friday?

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Jan 09, 2019, 20:29

The following from News24:-

"Proteas batsman, Zubayr Hamza, doesn’t want to look too far ahead, but admits the possibility of making his debut in the third Test match against Pakistan at Wanderers Stadium is an exciting thought.

Hamza was selected as the reserve batsman in the squad, and the suspension of Faf du Plessis has opened up an opportunity for the 23-year-old to make his first run at international level.

“I haven’t received confirmation if I am playing or not,” Hamza said at the Wanderers on Wednesday. “If given the chance that would be great, I have really enjoyed my time so far, the training has been intense and everyone has been welcoming. I have felt comfortable in the team surrounding, if given the chance I am looking forward to it. There is a lot of excitement at the moment.”

Hamza has had a sterling run at franchise level over the last two years, and boasts 3648 runs in 52 first-class matches with an average of 49, including nine centuries. Although he is lacking in match time after missing out on the Mzansi Super League (MSL) and a round of CSA four-day matches since he has been with the squad, he remains confident about his preparation and form.

“The month off (from the MSL) gave me perspective and I focused on working on myself and on my game,” he explained. “Yes I haven’t started off too well this season with franchise cricket but I don’t feel out of form. I still feel like I’m batting well and that I have a lot to offer. The runs and performances haven’t shown it but that is not how I feel, I have been batting well. I have been training well with the world-class coaching staff that we have here, I have learnt a lot so far.”

The Rondebosch Boys High School graduate grew up looking up to stars like Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, but says he has been feeding off most of the players in the squad on what it takes to perform at international level. If selected, his personal brief will be to keep it simple and to rely on the formula that has brought him past success.

If Hamza is the only debutant in the playing XI, he will be the 100th cap for South Africa since readmission.

The third Test gets underway on Friday at 10:00."

He seems to be a good prospect and we will have to see how he develops,   I have seeb hiomn being called up as batsman cover for the previous two tests, but cannot rmember him playing in the SA Under 19 team in the Under 10 world cup.      He would meet the race requirements and could be a replacement for Amla

Jan 09, 2019, 23:38

Apart from one great innings Theunis De Bruin is struggling and Markram is fragile. 

Just saying.

Jan 10, 2019, 00:27


More fragile than Amla?   Markram is now the number 10 batsman in the world - how fragile is he really?

Jan 11, 2019, 02:45

Mike, if you want to debate Amla vs Markram or Markram's test ranking then open another thread.

My statement remains.

Jan 11, 2019, 12:13

Ok - lets look at the test today:-

Markram      -     78  from 101 balls  - strike rate 77.22

Amla            -     22 from 62 balls     - strike rate 35,48

Both players are still batting - the above is up to lunchtime.  Note the difference please.   Markram sill fragile?????

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