Proteas

Markram: I'll keep working at my bowling

2017-10-23 18:30
Aiden Markram (Gallo)

Cape Town - Aiden Markram has quickly shown that he belongs on the international stage, and his knock of 66 on ODI debut against Bangladesh in East London on Sunday was effortless. 

Cruising along at better than a run ball, Markram then ran himself out looking to get AB de Villiers on strike. 

He just looks the part with the bat in his hands, and at this early stage it looks like the 23-year-old is set for a long international future with the Proteas. 

But it was in the field where Markram probably surprised a few folk as he got through three overs of part-time off-spin to pick up 2/18. 

Nobody is confusing Markram with Imran Tahir just yet, but the former SA U-19 captain reckons it is something that he wants to focus on moving forward with his career. 

"It's something I do work on, probably not hard enough. But it's something that I do see myself doing in the future and having a role to play," he told the media in East London on Sunday.

"I'm definitely going to keep working hard at it and then hopefully one day it's good enough to do a job for a side."

Batting in the middle-order was also something that Markram is not used to.

"I was quite nervous walking out to the middle. Batting No 4 is something that is quite foreign to me," he said.

"I thoroughly enjoyed. To make your debut in any format is nice. It's a day I'll certainly remember."

Markram has now returned to the Titans where he is taking on the Highveld Lions this week, but he will almost certainly open the batting for South Africa in their four-day floodlit Boxing Day Test.

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