Markram would give an ‘arm and a leg’ to be Test captain
For the moment, however, he is aiming for a place in the team and a stretch on the pitch
Aiden Markram says he “would give an absolute arm and a leg” to take over the vacant Test captaincy created by Faf du Plessis’s resignation in February.
“I don’t [want to] become desperate about it and would thoroughly enjoy it and be honoured if it was to be the case‚ but I have not looked into it too much‚” he said.
“I’ve been able [while maturing as a cricketer] to watch a franchise captain‚ a guy like Faf du Plessis, captain and it is just something that I would love to do.
“Having said that though‚ I have never given captaining my country too much of a thought,” said the 25-year-old, who led the baby Proteas to Under-19 Cricket World Cup glory in 2014.
“It has always been a bit of shot in the dark for me, but now my name is in the hat, so to speak, for people writing news.”
Director of cricket Graeme Smith has confirmed that Quinton de Kock will lead the SA team in the shorter formats of the game, so the Test captaincy is up for grabs.
Given there are no clear standout candidates‚ Markram’s name is in the mix.
From a personal perspective, I have really enjoyed the captaincy and the responsibilities that come with it.Aiden Markram
Dean Elgar‚ Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen are equally capable leaders to replace Du Plessis, while Proteas No 1 Test spinner Keshav Maharaj publicly threw his name into the ring earlier in May.
In the absence of an injured Du Plessis, Markram led the Proteas ODI side in a series against India in 2018, in a match he would rather forget. They were thrashed 5-1.
“From a personal perspective‚ I have really enjoyed the captaincy and the responsibilities that come with it.
“It is one of those things where, if it were to happen, it would be amazing, but if not‚ there are plenty of good leaders within the environment that will take the team forward with the management.”
Markram, whose season was obliterated by injury in the recently finished campaign, said he dreamed of hoisting the Test mace aloft as leader of the Proteas.
“I definitely would like to be a part of the number one Test-ranked team and that is obviously in the longer format.
“My main focus is to try to get into the side and stay on the field for the time being.”