Fri. Aug 23rd, 2019

Hampshire announce the capture of Proteas Aiden Markram

South Africa v Sri LankaAiden Markram will join Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw on England’s south coast.

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Hampshire Cricket have announced the signing of Proteas opening batsman Aiden Markram as an overseas professional.

Markram replaces Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who had previously signed with the Club as overseas player to begin the season but is now unavailable due to international commitments.

The 24-year-old batsman will arrive in time for the start of the first class County Championship curtain-raiser against Essex at the Ageas Bowl beginning on Friday 5th April, and will feature in both domestic red-ball and white-ball competitions until early May.

His availability following this period will then be determined by his involvement in South Africa’s World Cup campaign. Karunaratne will take his place should the Sri Lankan captain’s playing commitments allow.

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Markram became the second youngest player ever to captain South Africa in ODIs when stepping in for the injured Faf du Plessis in 2018 against India and has made 17 Test and 18 ODI appearances since making his international debut in September 2017.

The right-hander has quickly become a prominent feature at the top of the order for his national side in the game’s ultimate format, aggregating 1,358 runs in his Test career so far at an average of 43.80.

The first two of his four centuries came in just his second and third Tests as he became the first player in South Africa’s history to score two hundreds in their first three Test matches. Markram missed out on a ton on debut when he was run out for 97, coincidentally that is also his Test cap number.

Prior to his international debut Markram captained South Africa A side that faced Hampshire in a four-day first-class fixture at the Ageas Bowl back in 2017, in which he struck an unbeaten century. Markram was also named the Titans captain for the 2017/18 season but was limited in the role by national call-ups.

Giles Clarke, Hampshire director of cricket said: “We’re really pleased to have secured the signing of Aiden. He’s certainly a player that we’ve kept a close eye on for the last couple of years and he’s had a great start to his international career in that time – he’s one of the best young talents in the world at this stage in terms of top-order batsman.

“We start the season against a strong Essex team so it’s important to get him in as soon as possible and prepped for that fixture but we’re looking forward to having him with us to begin the season.”

Markram is looking forward to making the most of the world class facilities at the Rose bowl, which he tasted during the South Africa A tour to England in 2017.

“I’m very excited to be joining Hampshire for the start of their season. Hampshire have a great squad and I’m looking forward to working with the coaching staff and contributing to the goals of the team. The Ageas Bowl and its facilities are brilliant and I have always wanted to go back after touring there with South Africa A so I am grateful for the opportunity,” Markram said.

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