Town - Dean Elgar’s century at Newlands on Monday came in incredibly trying
conditions, and as a result the Proteas opener considers it one of his best in
was Elgar’s sixth Test ton, and it was a knock that highlighted exactly why he
has become such an important figure in this side.
been asked to bat, the Proteas top order faced a Sri Lankan new ball attack
that had to wait just four balls to strike under cloudy skies.
Proteas were 66/3 just before lunch, and while the visitors were smelling blood
Elgar was a rock at one end for the hosts.
is Elgar’s ability to play long innings in difficult circumstances that is
surely his best attribute, and he was less than half-an-hour away from batting
through the full 90 overs.
He eventually fell for 129, but he spoke afterwards about the significance of his
Test hundred for me is up there, whether it’s against a smaller nation or a
bigger nation,” he said.
always going to be very special to me. This one is up there with some of the
better ones, especially with losing the toss and having to grind it out.
one of those characteristic kinds of innings that I tend to play and it’s
definitely up there.”
had recorded scores of 45 and 52 in the first Test in Port Elizabeth, and he said
that not converting those starts into scores of real significance had been a
frustration of his for a number of series' now.
tend to get 100 early on in the series and then I get these stupid 20s, 30s and
40s which is highly frustrating,” he said.
just had to go back to the drawing board a little bit and simplify my game with
some chats that I had (with coaches) back home.
the past I was going a little bit too hard at the ball … it’s all part of just
that mental switch that I had to go through.
was nice to get a couple of starts in PE but I knew that that was also
frustrating. It’s nice to get a knock here.”
who was dismissed shortly after the second new ball was taken, expects that
period to be a tricky on throughout the Test match.
definitely a new ball wicket and I think it’s going to be that nature
throughout the whole game,” he said.
saw even when they took the second new ball there was a lot of seam movement.
It’s definitely a good cricket wicket.
five days it’s going to have something in it with the new ball and as time goes
on it might turn a bit more.”