Elgar speaks ahead of the must-win game at Wanderers

Elgar speaks ahead of the must-win game at Wanderers

After being defeated at their fortress at Centurion, South Africa’s next match becomes a must-win game. Quinton de Kock’s sudden retirement have stirred up conversations regarding the way Cricket South Africa treats their players. But captain Elgar refrained himself from commenting on the board, stating that the team is in a good space and focused on the next match. Elgar’s behind-the-scenes task has been keeping the players’ spirits high.

“I don’t think I can say the words that I’ve been saying recently but we’ve had hard chats,” he said. “I have had a lot of talks with the guys, even if it’s in a personal capacity. I take the guys aside and just chat, give them a little bit of affirmation to put him in a better mind space.”

“Players have to take responsibility. You can talk and talk until there’s action. I said to the guys: ‘I need to see actions’. Test cricket is a hard and ruthless environment and if you want to survive and be successful in this format you need to ask yourself the hard questions and respond to those questions. That’s the culture I was brought up with and I want the other guys to think about it. They’re not bad players. They haven’t become any weaker. They just need to be mentally a bit more switched on and understand Test cricket is bloody tough and you’re facing some of the best bowlers in the world now. You need to put on your big boy pants and react to what’s happened.”

Elgar on the Team’s Batting Line-up

South Africa’s batting has come under the scanner recently, with the bowlers mostly carrying the team through their matches. Elgar, when asked about this, pointed fingers at himself and his opening partner Aiden Markram. The duo have not crossed even 4 runs together in the last three Tests.

“Aiden and I need to look after the new ball. That allows our Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 to play as naturally as possible. We know as an opening pair we need to get us off to a better start to give the guys a clearer mindset going in,” Elgar said. You need big hundreds to compete and win. We are aware of that. We were very disappointed that we [just] had two fifties [by Elgar himself and Bavuma] in the previous match, knowing that I can score big hundreds,” he said. “And Temba needs to push on. He needs to stop getting those good fifties and getting those hundreds because we know how far it goes with regards to setting up the team.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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