Sat, 31 Jul 2021

  • Proteas Test skipper Dean Elgar says he is a "we guy" and takes his new role as captain to heart.
  • In his first official Test captaincy assignment, South Africa clinched the two-match Test series 2-0 against the West Indies.
  • Elgar hopes the environment he created can continue in the other formats as SA focus on their T20 side.

Proteas skipper Dean Elgar hailed his side's much-needed Test series victory against the West Indies in St Lucia.

South Africa returned to winning ways as they clinched the two-match Test series 2-0 with a 158-run victory in the second Test on Monday.

Elgar led the Proteas to their first Test series win away from home since 2017 against New Zealand.

"It's been long. For the Proteas, it's a much-needed win. We're going to feed off this kind of win," said Elgar.

"There has been a lot of challenges with new players, Covid, isolation and to get a series win is massive. Hopefully, it goes from strength to strength."

Elgar took over as permanent Test skipper in March, with this Caribbean Test series being his first assignment.

The Proteas didn't find the answers they were looking for under Quinton de Kock in Pakistan, but Elgar seems to be the perfect fit following some astute decisions in St Lucia.

"I am not a 'me' guy, I am not a 'I' guy, I am a 'we' guy. For me, it's about the team," said Elgar.

"Being Test captain is a massive honour, you can take it to your head or heart and I'd like to think I take it to heart.

"It's something I've always thought I have been born with. I have always been a leader - at school, club cricket through franchise cricket. I always like to think I've led from the front," he continued.

"I'm a small guy in stature but a big guy when it comes to standing up and being the representer. It's something I treasure, I don't shy away from that responsibility, and I don't shy away from saying that."

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Elgar's side moved up one place to sixth in the ICC Test team rankings but will only be in action over the festive season against India.

The remainder of the year will be focussed on T20 cricket, with the T20 World Cup and the resumption of the Indian Premier League expected to take place.

Elgar welcomed the red-ball break and hopes that once the Test side resumes its activities, the Proteas can continue their momentum.

"It's a good time to analyse, reset and try and find areas to improve. I don't think the break is a bad thing, sometimes it's good to have a break and dissect and become better," said Elgar.

"December is far away but it's not too far away. Against India, it's going to be extremely tough but we're playing at home, which is massive. The plan is for me to go home, analyse and try and become better as a unit.

"The environment I try and create now is not just for Test cricket and hopefully it continues into the other formats. Hopefully, when I get back, things will be better."

The first of five T20s between the West Indies and South Africa gets under way on Saturday at 20:00 SA time.

Source: News24

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