POTCHEFSTROOM - Aiden Markram and Andile Phehlukwayo will make their Test debuts in South Africa's opening Test of the summer against Bangladesh here on Thursday morning.
The tourists won the toss and their captain Mushfiqur Rahim somewhat surprisignly chose to bowl. Although overhead conditions were cloudy and were expected to remain that way for most of the opening day, the pitch is dry and Faf du Plessis admitted it looked like a one-day track on which he was very happy to have an opportunity to bat.
Mushfiqur, who won't keep, with Liton Das taking the gloves for the tourists, said he was relying on his seam bowlers, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman, to take advantage of the overhead conditions and expose what Bangladesh believe is South Africa's weakness, their batting.
Markram gets the opportunity to help solidify an area of the South African batting that has been fragile for sometime with the selectors unable to settle on a single combination.
The 21 year old Phehlukwayo was picked ahead of Theunis de Bruyn as the Proteas want the extra bowling option on a pitch that's expected to be good for batting. The all-rounder becomes the 98th Test cap since unity.
South Africa team: Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Duanne Olivier.
Bangladesh team: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Liton Das (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman.