Opening batsman Dean Elgar will captain South Africa in the third and final Test against Pakistan starting Friday at Wanderers Stadium, as Cricket South Africa announced on Wednesday.
Elgar (31) will be lining up for regular captain Faf du Plessis, who was suspended for a game after South Africa failed to meet the required oversupply during the Nine-Wicker victory in Newlands’ second Test.
It was the second offense under Du Plessis’ leadership over a 12-month period.
It will be the second time Elgar leads the team. He led South Africa in the first Test against England at Lord’s in 2017, when you Plessis came home for the birth of his first child.
South Africa has also put Pieter Malan, whom he has not cracked, on standby for Elgar’s opening partner Aiden Markram, who is undergoing a fitness test on Thursday.
Markram suffered a badly damaged right thigh during the second test in Newlands and failed to beat in the second innings.
29-year-old Malan has been the opening batsman for the Cape Cobras franchise, scoring seven centuries over the past two seasons.