ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj hopes South Africa have struck psychological blow against England

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ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj hopes South Africa have struck psychological blow against England
ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj hopes South Africa have struck psychological blow against England

ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj hopes South Africa have struck psychological blow against England

ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Spinner Keshav Maharaj of South Africa expects that his team’s first Test victory against England last week has lowered home support before Thursday’s second match, which will take place at Old Trafford.

Maharaj played a key role in South Africa’s triumph by an innings and 12 runs at Lord’s to take a 1-0 series lead in the three-Test series.

“I’d like to think so,” he said in answer to a question about whether South Africa had struck a psychological blow with the emphatic nature of their win, completed inside three days.

“But having said that, I think England have played some really good cricket and fought themselves out of tough situations to win test matches and series in the last year,” Maharaj told a Tuesday news conference.

ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj hopes South Africa have struck psychological blow against England
ENG vs SA 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj hopes South Africa have struck psychological blow against England

“We know what they’re capable of. They have some really world class players within the team and are fierce competitors and they’ll do everything to bounce back, as any team in their position would.”

Maharaj believed that South Africa had significantly improved in the 18 months since Dean Elgar took over as captain, thus the maiden Test victory was not unexpected.

“I think we are more sound as a unit. I think we know what to do and go about our business a lot better. And there’s more clarity and role definition within the team. I think that’s been Dean’s mantra from the time he’s taken over as the test captain.”

Maharaj also expressed his desire for the opportunity to bowl longer stretches of time. After he claimed two wickets at the start of England’s second innings. As a result of Elgar’s unexpected strategy change and the use of his potent four-man seam attack.

“I think the seamers did an amazing job so full credit to them. And I know my time will come. In terms of the conditions, I haven’t seen too much. Because the covers have been on for pretty much most of the day,” he added.