Cape Cobras batsman Zubayr Hamza says he does not know if he will make his proteas test debut in the third Test match against Pakistan in the Wanderers, which starts on Friday.
Regular captain Faf du Plessis was forced to suspend the 9-wicket win in a game in Cape Town’s Newlands second-round test, but says the selectors have not confirmed that he will replace Plessis on match day XI.
“I have not received any real confirmation as to whether I play on Friday or not, but if I get the chance, I look forward to it and there will be a lot of excitement.”
However, if the 23-year-old is given the opportunity to donate the Test Whites to his country, he says he has learned a lot from the senior players in the squad, which will put him in a good position.
“So far, I have learned a lot from every single person in the team, whether in the field or out of the field. I want to stay true to myself and stick to the game plans I’ve used to get me into that position. I want to be self-confident and believe in myself if I get a chance in the test match. “
In the absence of Du Plessis, opening batsman Dean Elgar will lead the team for the second time in his test career, the first in the first Test against England at Lords in 2017.
However, the Proteas are sweating over the suitability of Elgar’s partner Aiden Markram, who is struggling with an injured thigh injury sustained during his Newlands deployment.
Prolific Cobras opener Pieter Malan has been put on standby for Markram, who will undergo a late fitness test on Thursday to prove his suitability for the test.
South Africa have sealed the series after their victories in Centurion and Cape Town for the seventh consecutive victory in the test match cricket in a row.