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‘Scoring big hundreds and taking five-fors’ – Dean Elgar’s South Africa ready for a ‘new chapter’

‘Scoring big hundreds and taking five-fors’ – Dean Elgar’s South Africa ready for a ‘new chapter’

Scoring hundreds, taking five-fors and becoming more consistent. These are on Dean Elgar’s agenda as South Africa embark on a(nother) new era next month. Elgar will lead the team on a two-Test tour of the West Indies starting June 10, a series that was supposed to happen this time last year, as they aim to rebuild their red-ball game following two summers of indifferent performances.Since Mark Boucher took over in the tumultuous summer of 2019, the South Africa have played just eight Tests, lost five and slipped to their lowest position on the rankings – No. 7. They have had three major retirements including former captains Hashim Amla – who continues to churn out runs in the County Championship – and Faf du Plessis, and star seamer Vernon Philander.

Elgar has been given the job for the next two years, effectively the next World Test Championship cycle, and knows it will be difficult. “Now that we are in a new chapter, we need to play more cricket and better cricket,” he said on Saturday, ahead of the team’s departure to St Lucia via Paris. “We are conscious that over the last period we haven’t been very consistent. Our skill level hasn’t been where it should be. We need to get back to a bit more of a consistent nature of cricket; a bit more of a South African way.”Which is what, exactly?”We’ve always had a batting line-up that has scored heavily. And fast bowlers. That’s the South African way,” Elgar said. “We need to get back to scoring big hundreds and taking five-fors like it used to be.”You’d be forgiven for not recognising those things as hallmarks of the “South African way” because for the last two seasons they have hardly done any of that. Since December 2019, only Afghanistan have recorded fewer Test hundreds (two in two matches) than South Africa (three in eight) and they have played in far fewer Test matches.

News Source: espncricinfo

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