Cape Town - South Africa opener Dean Elgar has opened up about the tour
to New Zealand and the upcoming visit to England which straddles the Champions
Trophy this winter.
Elgar is unlikely to feature in the ODI team that will face
England in an ODI series and will then contest the Champions Trophy in June but
he will be over in the UK playing for Somerset.
The stoic left-hander and opening partner Stephen Cook, who
will feature for Durham, have secured county stints that should see them well
prepared for a Test series of immense importance.
Elgar told the gathered media at OR Tambo airport: “I am
fortunate that I am going to play county cricket which is one of my objectives
with regard to preparing for the English series from May.
"Just try to get used to the conditions a little bit
and give myself the best opportunity to succeed when I return with the national
The opener said that he feels for Cook who was dropped for
the third Test against New Zealand after a poor run of form but that he
understood the process.
Elgar added: “It’s not easy‚ I have been there before myself
where you get dropped and you go into a dark place because things are not going
"We have been fortunate because we are winning and we
have had the same personnel in the team. He is a hard worker‚ massive team
player and for him to miss a Test is unfortunate but we have to understand the
The 29-year-old also backed Russell Domingo to continue to
bring success to the Proteas in the wake of the news that the coach will have
to reapply for his position after the tour to England.
He said: “Personally‚ I would like to see him stay on. I
think he still has another two years of his cricket coaching and mentorship.
"I think he is getting better with age‚ he still has a
hell lot to offer to the team‚ the players around also would like to see him
stay. I am a big Russell Domingo fan and if he is going to continue being the
coach I am more than happy."