ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Dean Elgar believes South Africa’s seamers will get better
ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Captain Dean Elgar is confident that South Africa’s frightening four-pronged pace assault will only grow better. Although he admits he does not know what the playing surface will be like for the second Test against England at Old Trafford, which begins on Thursday
The pace trio of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen contributed significantly to South Africa’s victory against the hosts in the first Test at Lord’s, defeating them by an innings and 12 runs in 82.4 overs.
“I reckon they can get much better, they’re still pretty fresh,” Elgar told reporters on Wednesday.
“The wicket assisted them at Lord’s, we must take that into account. But you have to put the ball in the right areas and they did that.
“Our bowlers are leading our pack at the moment and they’re extremely hungry for success. The competition among them is brilliant. And the way they go about things is the most professional behaviour I’ve seen from fast bowlers.”
The only player who might added to the side for the second Test, according to Elgar’s prediction, is the spinner Simon Harmer. Keshav Maharaj, who performed well at Lord’s, makes it difficult to replace him, though.
“We have our 12, the same as the first Test and we decide on the day. Everyone down to play and on the day you will be told if you are or not. That creates that sense of not taking the foot off the gas,” Elgar said.
He also acknowledged that with the three-match series on the line. They anticipate a significantly improved home squad in the second Test.
“I hope the second Test goes the same way. But we know England are hurt and they will fight back with a vengeance.”