Frustrated by limited international cricket, South African Test captain Deal Elgar bats for consistency

With a new Test captain Dean Elgar, South Africa begin a new era. Limited international cricket has not been good for South African Cricket and they are raring to go said Dean Elgar.

Left-handed opener and new Test captain for South Africa, Dean Elgar said that they are excited and ready to go, after being frustrated by limited opportunities in international cricket – mainly due to COVID-19.

South Africa had an opportunity of playing only four tests in the last 16 months. While England (12), India (10), and West Indies (9) have played a decent amount of Test in the same time period. South Africa has slipped to the seventh position in ICC Test rankings.

“It’s been such an up and downtime for all of us, as players we have been frustrated by having limited access to international cricket. We are excited and keen to get going,” Elgar told reporters.

Elgar said that they lack consistency and that they need to improve on skills.
“We need to play more cricket and better cricket, we are very conscious that over the last period we haven’t been consistent. Our skill level hasn’t been where it should be,” Elgar stated.

Elgar who completed 4000 runs in Test cricket in January 2021, wishes to compete and play the World Test Championship. Elgar has the most runs (4260) among the current crop of players in Test – Faf du Plessis (4163), Quinton de Kock (3008), T Bavuma (2097), and AK Markram (1760)

“We want to compete and play in a final of a test championship, but I understand that there is a process that you have to follow. It is a challenging aspect to get players to believe in the process and adapt quickly.

“We must start to climb the rankings again. Where we are at the moment is not doing us a lot of favors and is not a good look for a lot of us.”

Currently placed seventh, South Africa can go one position up with a series win. South Africa and hosts West Indies will play a two-match Test series, with the first Test starting from June 10-14. South Africa last played in West Indies under Graeme Smith in 2010.

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