South Africa duo rewarded
Aiden Markram and Lungi Ngidi have been rewarded for their international breakthrough winter with South Africa national contracts.
The contracts run until next July and cover the bilateral tours away to Sri Lanka and Australia as well as the home series against Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, finishing with the 2019 edition of the World Cup in England.
Opening batsman Markram and fast bowler Ngidi both play for the Titans and have made good impressions at the highest level of the sport.
Last week, Markram hit a Test hundred against Australia, having captained South Africa in the recent one-day series against India.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Ngidi claimed six wickets on his Test debut against India in January.
The pair are amongst 18 players named by Cricket South Africa in an 18-man pool.
"We made an exception last year in increasing the number of contracted players to 21 but this year we are comfortable that the normal standard number of 18 will be appropriate to maintain our national squads across all three formats," said CSA acting chief executive Thabang Moroe.
"This enables us to contract both our Test players as well as those who are limited overs specialists.
"Aiden and Lungi have both made an immediate impact on the international scene and this is a continuation of our policy of having a strong squad with a good mix of young and experienced world-class stars."
Both men are part of the South Africa side that is taking on Australia in the second Test of the series in Port Elizabeth.
The Proteas have a slender 20 run lead after day two of the action and are 1/1 to win the match, while the tourists are 1/1 and the draw 1/1.
Australia currently lead the series 1-0 and are 7/1 to win the three Test contest, while South Africa are 5/6.
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