Port Elizabeth - Proteas batsman, Dean Elgar, says patience was the best practice
for the batsmen on the opening day of the second Test against the West
Indies at St George’s Park on Friday. Elgar became only the third South African
opener to score a century at the ground, and owed it to his composure and
persistence on a slow-scoring day.
“At times there were a lot of dot balls bowled to us,” Elgar said
after the days play. “I think they had three maiden overs at us at a stage.
It’s one of the chats we had in the build up to this Test, the patience aspect.
Even with the ball in hand you have to be patient, sometimes you don’t pick up
wickets as often as you want to.
“It’s something that I have been fighting with myself personally
throughout the last few games.,” he said. “I tend to get to the 20’s and give
my wicket away. It’s nice to contribute in the manner that has just happened.”
His 179-run partnership with Faf du Plessis followed a similar
approach, with both batsmen biding their time despite numerous let-offs from
“Luckily you have a guy at the other end that you communicate
with,” Elgar said. “Faf and I get along quite well when we have the bat in
hand, don’t get me wrong we also get on well off the field. We have batted a
lot together over the last four or five years from SA A and in the Test
side. We have had a few substantial partnerships together so we know what
to say to each other at the right time.”
The Proteas will look to follow a similar batting approach to that
of SuperSport Park, and will be encouraged by the lively look of the St
George’s Park pitch.
“There is a lot of seam movement out there,” Elgar said. “I
think if you bowl the ball in the right area with a bit more consistency the
rewards will be there. The Windies had their opportunities to have us at least
five down by the end of play today but luckily we are only two down with a
relatively decent score.”