Markram happy to be back in Proteas fold as Amla withraws for 4th ODI
Recalled batsman Aiden Markram admits that he was deservedly dropped from the Proteas squad a few weeks ago, but now hopes to make the most of his second chance when South Africa face Sri Lanka in their fourth one-day international in Port Elizabeth today. The 24-year-old lost his play in the ODI squad after a slow start to his career, which has seen him average a below-par 25.43 in 16 matches. It was a poor return for a player who averages well over 40 at domestic level and Markram says he was not hoping to make the most of his opportunity. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Markram’s fellow batsman Hashim Amla will miss the remaining matches of the series after being granted compassionate leave due to a family commitment. Reeza Hendricks has been recalled, and will join up with the squad ahead as his replacement. Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee shed light on the situation.