The uncapped Zubayr Hamza isn’t guaranteed a berth in South Africa’s XI for this week’s third and final Test against Pakistan at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, but is prepared if afforded the chance.
Hamza will likely debut in the absence of captain Faf du Plessis, who has been suspended due to the Proteas’ slow over rate in the second Test at Newlands in Cape Town.
‘I haven’t received confirmation if I am playing or not. If given the chance, that would be great, I have really enjoyed my time so far, the training has been intense and everyone has been welcoming,’ said Hamza.
‘I have felt comfortable in the team surrounding, if given the chance I am looking forward to it. There is a lot of excitement at the moment.
‘I have learnt a lot from every individual in the team, whether it is on the field or off the field. For me, I’d like to stay true to myself and stick to the game plans that have got me to this position. I will try to be self-confident and have self-belief.
‘I have tucked under a few guys’ wings so far. I’ve been leeching as much information as I can about what it takes to perform at this level, but I have also combined that with my own mixture to try and perform as an individual.’
Opening batsman Dean Elgar has been named stand-in captain. Cape Cobras right-hander Pieter Malan has been put on standby as Markram undergoes a fitness test. He sustained a thigh injury in Cape Town.
The hosts sport an unassailable 2-0 series lead after victories at SuperSport Park and Newlands.