ENG vs SA: I have good coaching staff, think tank behind me, says South Africa skipper Dean Elgar after win over England
ENG vs SA: South African skipper Dean Elgar was pleased with his team’s performance after his team thrashed England in the first Test.
The Proteas defeated the hosts England by an innings and 12 runs in just three days of play in the first Test of the three-match series at Lord’s on Friday thanks to outstanding bowling performances from the South Africans, led by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.
“This game ended quickly. We thought they would fight back hard. The boys did a great job. I have got a good coaching staff and a very good think-tank behind me to make those decisions (about captaincy). Kesh (Keshav Maharaj) worked out very well for us. Sometimes you got to go with your gut feel. He (Erwee) is pretty feisty when he gets going. Great member to have in the team. He has started well. We will enjoy today,” said Elgar at the post-match presentation.
Coming to the match, South Africa began the third day with 289/7 in 77 overs, with Marco Jansen scoring 41 and Rabada scoring 3. Just three balls into the third day, pacer Matty Potts gave England an early victory by sending back Rabada after Stuart Broad had caught him.
After thereafter, Anrich Nortje and Jansen embarked on a 29-run stand that enabled Proteas to easily pass the 300-run threshold. After being caught in the slips by Zak Crawley, Jansen was the second player to be dismissed by Broad for a good 48. Lungi Ngidi was promptly dismissed by Broad for a duck, bundling out SA for 326.
Ben Stokes (3/71) and Broad (3/71) were England’s top two bowlers. While James Anderson and Jack Leach both claimed one wicket, Matty Potts claimed two.
England’s batters needed to perform this time around in order to have a shot in the game because SA had a 161-run advantage.
Spinner Keshav Maharaj’s dismissals of Zak Crawley (13) and also Ollie Pope gave England a bad start. At 38/2, the hosts were.
The only player who offered some fight and kept the scoreboard going was opener Alex Lees. After Ngidi’s goal for the Proteas, England was reduced to 57/3 after Joe Root (6) fell early.
Although Bairstow and Lees made an effort to reassemble England’s batting order, Nortje broke up their 24-run partnership and promptly struck out both players for 18 and 35, respectively. For 86 runs, half of the England squad was in the pavilion. Ben Foakes also conceded an easy run to Nortje as England stumbled to 86/6.
Ben Stokes, the captain, and Stuart Broad then went on a 55-run stand that kept England’s hopes of at least taking the lead alive. Rabada promptly bowled Broad for 35 while Jansen soon removed Matty Potts by removing his stumps for only one run.
Stokes was England’s lone hope at 146/8 as they were struggling. Rabada, though, also ejected the captain for 20. One wicket needed for South Africa to win, which Jansen gave them by destroying James Anderson’s stumps. After outscored 149 to 149, England defeated by an innings and 12 runs.
The Proteas’ best bowler was Nortje (3/47). Each of Rabada, Maharaj, and also Jansen secured two wickets. One wicket came to Ngidi.
Earlier, Proteas reached 289/7 at the close of day two to to strikes from Dean Elgar (47), Sarel Erwee (73), and Keshav Maharaj (41).
SA put England to bat first, and in their first innings they thrown out for 165 runs. Only Ollie Pope (73) and Ben Stokes (20) were able to carry England with respectable efforts. South African pacemakers Rabada (5/52) and also Nortje (3/63) excelled. Taking two wickets himself, Jansen.
Due to his outstanding 5/52 in the first innings and 7/79 overall for the match, Kagiso Rabada named Man of the Match.