Cape Town - Proteas batsman Dean Elgar believes the squad is
experienced enough to prepare accordingly despite the inclement weather ahead
of the second Test against Bangladesh starting in Mirpur on Thursday.
Proteas were forced to train indoors at the Sher-e Bangla National Cricket
Stadium on Monday afternoon and could face similar disruptions to training for
the remainder of the week.
“In cricket we always talk about 'controlling the controllables'
and this is obviously one of those factors,” Elgar said of the weather.
have to try to use the facilities that we have; we will be in their indoor
facilities for today’s practice. We are lucky that we have an experienced
squad, each player knows what is required of him. It’s unfortunate that it’s raining
but we can’t do too much about that.”
The slate from the drawn first Test in Chittagong has been wiped
clean, and Elgar says starting afresh and ticking the right boxes will ensure
the Proteas are successful in the series-deciding match.
“There is a process that we have been through over the last five
years that has gotten us to the number one position,” he said. “We won’t look
too far ahead, but if we follow that process the result will look after itself.
If we do the key areas and elements of the game well there is no reason we
won’t come out on top.”
It’s too early to judge the new opening partnership of Elgar and
Stiaan van Zyl, but first impressions from the first Test suggest it has the
potential to blossom at this level.
Elgar welcomes the responsibility that comes with opening the
innings, and feels it is time for himself and Van Zyl to 'put their hands up'
after the retirements of Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen.
“I don’t feel under
pressure,” he said of opening.
“I’m fortunate to have opened in first-class
cricket for nine years so I’m fairly confident, irrespective of whether I’m
playing at domestic or international level. I know Stiaan is new to the opening
berth and I see it as an opportunity to assist where I can. I know he is a talented
player, I’ve known him for years, it’s a position that is quite important in
Test cricket to get the team off to a good start. What Graeme and Alviro have
done is awesome so it’s time for myself and Stiaan to put our hands up and make
the position ours.”