Elgar knocks hard on SA door

2010-08-21 13:31

Johannesburg - Dean Elgar set out his stall as a future Proteas' international by scoring back-to-back centuries in the two-match four-day series against Sri Lanka A that finished this week.

Opening the batting for the South Africa A side, the Chevrolet Knights' left-hander made two centuries and two half-centuries in his four turns at the crease.

This included a knock of 172 in the second match when he carried the batting single-handed and was last man out.

He has now scored seven centuries in his last year of first-class cricket if one includes the five centuries he made in the SuperSport Series last season.

It is the sort of consistent form that is required to knock on the door for higher honours.

The series against Sri Lanka was dominated by the batsmen on both sides and it was no surprise that neither match reached a positive conclusion.

Elgar's 431 runs made him easily the leading runs scorer in the series with no other player on either side managing to reach 300.

Rilee Rossouw was South Africa's other centurion while Heino Kuhn also caught the eye in the No 6 position with several key innings, one of which got the tourists out of trouble in the second match when they trailed by nearly 200 runs on the first innings.

The bowlers found the going tough which was not surprising considering the South African team only contained one specialist spin bowler.

No bowler on either side took more than 7 wickets in the series with Quinton Friend (5) being South Africa's best performer.

It is difficult to evaluate the seamers under such batting friendly conditions.

What was highly encouraging was the form of the seamers who were with the Emerging squad on the parallel tour of Australia.

South Africa won the 40 overs competition against far more experienced teams from New Zealand and India, as well as Australia. All the games were won by convincing margins which made up for a disappointing start in the Pro20 competition.

The South African fast bowlers carried all before them with Craig Alexander taking nine wickets at an average of eight and Basheer Walters seven at an average of 16.


  • chris - 2010-08-21 13:55

    Its time 4 the old Topies of proteas 2 give way 2 youngsters such as Dean who r hungry 4 the game ....Let the chockers such as GIBBS, BOUCHER, ASHWELL, LANGEVELDT,KALLIS, etc Go... OUR CRICKET NEEDS YOUNG BOYS FRESH BLOOD ....PLEASE , PLEASE

  • Happybloke - 2010-08-22 06:38

    @ chris where were you for the past 8 months mate.? Langeveldt more injuries that ever. Gibbs not playing for SA, Kallis the most valuable Cricket ever 100000 and 250wickets in 50 ODI and tests, Prince making runs when it matters, and Boucher the best wicket keeper ( stats) in the world. Happy for Dean, I like Heino Kuhn and Davy Jacobs there time will come, if you talk about chockers lets get onto a real list Albie Morkel, Pieterson and yes AB who had just made his 50 and go on and play a stupid shot try to liftthe ball over the wicketkeepers head, try tht before and only succeed to get himself out, thatis a chockers list, and what about the great Bosman? please mate I live in Oz and knows more about protea cricket you do, pleae the chockers tag belongs now to the Aussies who can not woin T20 finals.

  • Denise Peart - 2010-09-04 00:26

    Dean has proven that he has the ability to be with the best of south African cricketers. He has worked hard during his career and proven himself on the recent Sri Lankan stint. there are many younger players who are capable of stepping into other players shoes, i am not biased only using common sense to make this judgment call.

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