After being thrashed for a record-low defeat in the first Test, South Africa must have been shatterred. Some experts said the quarantine took the toll on them. Maybe they were fatigued. We can’t pinpoint at anything regards to that, but what we can definitely say that South Africa always fights. In the second test, Elgar took the bold decision to bat first despite being bowled out for a record-low score in the first test, batting first. His decision proved right as South Africa won the second test by a huge margin of 198 runs, leveling the series.
Many players chipped in this victory for the Proteas. Playing Keshav Maharaj was a bold decision, but the right one, as he picked one wicket in the first inning and three more in the second, which were the wickets of top-order batters.
There were other positive takeaways from the Test for South Africa, as is often the case after a special win. Erwee, for example. Kyle Verreynne too. Erwee was playing his second Test. And Verreynne his sixth. Clearly, both are still inexperienced at the highest level. Both scored their maiden centuries in Test cricket.
Elgar on Erwee’s brilliant performance
“I think his story is a lot deeper than just playing cricket. He is a little bit older, and he understands the concept of hard work,” Elgar said of Erwee, his new opening partner. “I think he came close not too long ago to giving up the game, which would have been a massive loss. So I think he understands the concept of working for what you believe and where you feel you can be one day.
“He’s great. He is a good team man. He is always looking to influence. It’s never about him, it’s always about what he can do for the side. So, for me, it’s not surprising that he has come in and done well. He is an inexperienced Test cricketer, but he isn’t an inexperienced cricketer with regards to the bigger scheme of things.”
Elgar has kind words for his teammate Verreynne
About Verreynne, South Africa’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batter in Tests after Quinton de Kock’s sudden retirement from the format, Elgar equally praised him.
“Great to see his natural ability come out and kick in,” he said. “A lot of scrutiny has been put on his plate, too early in his career, which is a little bit unfair. Bear in mind that he has got a massive role to play being a wicketkeeper-batter. But yeah, great to see him come out and do what he does best.”