Elgar frustrated with ‘silly and uncharacteristic dismissals’


Proteas opener Dean Elgar admits that he is letting himself down with what he terms as “silly and uncharacteristic dismissals” so far in the Test series against Australia.

The left-hander has scores of 7, 9, 57 and 5 in the two games with the four-match series currently level 1-1 ahead of the third Test starting at Newlands on Thursday.

Elgar batted for more than five hours for his fifty in the first innings at St George’s Park, saying that is what the team requires him to do.

The 30-year-old enjoyed a productive 2017 where he scored 1 128 runs at an average of more than 53 but has not hit the same highs yet this year.

Elgar said at Newlands on Monday: “It’s been a little bit frustrating. I actually think I am batting nicely.

“I’m getting through all the tough parts and letting myself down with all these stupid, silly and uncharacteristic dismissals.

“It’s something I’ve thought about and reflected on. It’s not something my team requires, they require me to bat out a day which obviously puts us in a good position as we saw in PE.

“It’s always going to be difficult to follow up on what was a very good year last season. I am aware of it. As a player, you need to address certain things with yourself and get past it.”

With a lot of the talk in the first two Tests about off-field matters, Elgar was happy to have a break from the game after back to back Tests in Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Both teams would have had a 10-day break by the time the Test starts in Cape Town.

Elgar added: “I think it’s been quite a hectic over the last two weeks with everything that’s been happening behind the scenes.

“Not even the cricket related stuff, which people are actually missing.

“There has been a lot of noise so it was nice to have some time off and just done what you can do when not playing a Test match.”

Nasri Alexander at Newlands