Off form Aiden Markram likely to be dropped by Proteas for second Test against New Zealand

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Feb 23, 2022, 13:46

Johannesburg — The axe is likely to fall on Aiden Markram as the Proteas ponder the outcome of the first Test against New Zealand which finished at lunchtime on the third day in Christchurch.


While there was little about South Africa’s batting that was redeemable, the fact is Markram continues to fail, at a crucial position in the order, which is placing pressure on everyone else.

“He has been struggling,” said Proteas captain Dean Elgar, Markram’s regular partner at the top of the order and a close friend. “I’m sure that conversation will come up with the selectors,” Elgar said in answer to a question about Markram playing in the second Test next week.

Since the Pakistan tour in January 2021, Markram is averaging 25.6 in 15 innings. That tour was supposedly the turning point for his career, especially as it pertained to how he played spin. He made two fifties and a second innings hundred in four innings. However, since his last half-century in the West Indies in June, the 26 year old averages 9.7 in 10 innings.

‘Markram 2.0,’ who had emerged in Pakistan, had quickly disappeared.

“It’s a valid question about his capacity in the side,” Elgar remarked. “I just think he needs to stop trying so hard because naturally he’s a gifted player. I think he is one score away from turning things around for himself and the side.”

However the selectors must be wondering how much longer they can afford to wait for that ‘one innings.’ There is a sense that Markram is something of a ‘teacher’s pet,’ and that his failures are being indulged more than others would be allowed.

It certainly does appear that the working over he got from Mohammed Shami in that amazing post-lunch spell at SuperSport Park in December, seems to still be weighing on his mind. Markram’s defence is shaky and the fluency that is such a hallmark of his game is missing. “From my point of view, maybe it's the mental game that he is fighting a little bit,” said Elgar.

Following the second Test that starts Friday, also at Hagley Oval, the Proteas’ next Test assignment is the home series with Bangladesh. After that, it is the tour to England and the selectors will not want to make the same mistake as their predecessors who in 2017 blooded Heino Kuhn in a series in England and watched him average 14 in those four Tests. The person who is going to take Markram’s place at the top of the order, needs to be given the Bangladesh series to settle in.


Feb 23, 2022, 21:03

While Markram has been in awful form we can say the same for most of the SA bats and one has to ask what the point of 32 year old Erwee being retained ahead of Markram

Feb 24, 2022, 10:36

If somebody is to be dropped it is Elgar - I would also look at Van der Dussen as well.   Markram should nopt be dropped he should bat lower down in the batting order.   Anyway - Markram fills a role of an allrounder - he was together with Jansen the two most effective bowlers in the first test - that being said the others were poor.   

   

Feb 24, 2022, 10:36

If somebody is to be dropped it is Elgar - I would also look at Van der Dussen as well.   Markram should nopt be dropped he should bat lower down in the batting order.   Anyway - Markram fills a role of an allrounder - he was together with Jansen the two most effective bowlers in the first test - that being said the others were poor.   

   

Feb 24, 2022, 12:46

I didn't like the way Jansen was used in the first test.

Feb 24, 2022, 17:36

Well today is the start of the second test.


Thursday here in the West.

Feb 24, 2022, 21:42

Still hurting Huh? You poor thing, didn't think a minor gaffe could hurt as much but obviously it's dented your very fragile ego. Pucker up cowgirl it's not the end of the world besides you've finally gotten around to noting west of the international date line all you have to do is now is work out AEST. But here's a hint, the game as I've said starts on Friday the 25th. So no there wasn't two wrongs there's only been one......yours.


Feb 24, 2022, 22:58

Funny - AEST.

If you use that time you will miss the start of the test by 2 hours.

Feb 24, 2022, 23:17

Nothing you could say or do would hurt or offend me.

Remember I lived in RSA for many years unfortunately and had your type pestering us folks endlessly with "your" language and breeding.

Even the ANC don't want your type.

Often wonder why do you.....well one guess.

Now run along "G....."

NZ going to walk it once more.

Feb 24, 2022, 23:49

Farter, you're taking this personally and it's doing you more harm than good. Calm down. Have a lie down or a cup of tea and if that doesn't help then have both.  Your fat lip tripped you up not me and now you're dragging politics into it.....shame. Couldn't help yourself Huh? .....the racist in you never dies does it now? Never mind, the Proteas might lose again and you'll be gloating and happy again and your minor gaffe will be a thing of the past after which you can have a jerk off with the rest of your racist pals.

And OBTW.....I didn't say anything about you.......now I have.

Wish I could tell you to enjoy the game but I can't because we all know you only will if the Proteas lose.


Feb 25, 2022, 00:46

Denny

The team is a farce anyway.   They dropped Jansen  and replaced him with Sipamla and dropped Olivier and replace him with Mulder.   ONE CAN ONLY WONDER WHY THEY HAD TO G O LOONY ON THIS ONE.    

Feb 25, 2022, 01:04

Jansen is playing so now there's two allrounders in the side, Olivier is replaced by Sipamla. I'm staying positive so I'm trying to see some wisdom n the move, the only positive being that Mulder does swing the ball. I would have stayed with Olivier but you know maybe we've missed something and the selectors haven't. I also can't understand the non selection of Rickleton, everyone knows batting is a problem so why Mulder ahead of a specialist batman?

All will be revealed....vasbyt!

Feb 25, 2022, 19:04

Shame Curly.

 
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