Gargi Raut ∙ Nov 16 2022, 5:00 PM

South Africa Coach explains why star batter was dropped 

image-lajfbf1kMarkram was dropped from the Proteas Test side [Source: Twitter]

Ahead of South Africa's Test series against Australia in Australia, star batter Aiden Markram was dropped from the Proteas squad. The move came as a huge shocker to fans and peers. 

Current Interim coach Malibongwe Maketa has explained why the drastic step was taken. He believes that the batter needs a break and time away from the sport to come back to his bashing form. 

The batter has been struggling in red-ball cricket for some time now, but Maketa has backed Markram to bounce back from his shortcomings. 

Maketa clears the air

"I’m a good believer that Aiden is possibly one of the players who could easily play 100 Tests matches in the group we have, He is going through a dip and the decision has been made to give him a break at international level."

"But it doesn’t close the door in terms of the quality he has and I’ve got no doubt he will go down to provincial cricket [with the Titans] and score runs again and push for a spot when the opportunity arises."

Maketa also explained why he has such faith in the batter. Stating that he has bounced back from such a situation before. 

“Aiden has done it already where he was left out and would go down to franchise cricket and he got tons of runs and pushed his way back into the team. That mental break sometimes helps you to have your blueprint dismantled and go back and say, ‘What is my method of scoring runs?’, and go back to it.”

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