ENG vs SA: ​Skipper Dean Elgar not sure where South Africa will find Test runs

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ENG vs SA: ​Skipper Dean Elgar not sure where South Africa will find Test runs
ENG vs SA: ​Skipper Dean Elgar not sure where South Africa will find Test runs

ENG vs SA: ​Skipper Dean Elgar not sure where South Africa will find Test runs

ENG vs SA: As England won a bowler-dominated three-match series 2-1 on Monday, it exposed South Africa’s flimsy top six and lack of runs at the Test level, giving touring skipper Dean Elgar much to think about before their upcoming five-day assignment in Australia.

In the first Test, South Africa scored 326 runs in their lone innings at Lord’s, but they failed to surpass 179 runs in their subsequent four innings, as Elgar acknowledged that the team’s flimsy middle order is failing it.

In the series, they used every batter from their lengthy tour party, but only Sarel Erwee was able to reach the half-century mark.

“I always bank on experience and we don’t have that at Test level,” Elgar told reporters. “The next best thing is who do we have with experience in first class cricket back home? Is that the right solution, we don’t know yet.

“We have a few months before our next series (in Australia starting on Dec. 17) but we only have a handful of four-day games before then.”

ENG vs SA: ​Skipper Dean Elgar not sure where South Africa will find Test runs
ENG vs SA: ​Skipper Dean Elgar not sure where South Africa will find Test runs

It is a far cry from the days when South Africa climbed to the top of the Test rankings and bowling assaults were dominated by Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, and AB de Villiers.

“The new players have had to learn in the toughest format with not a lot of experience around them. That is something we were always aware of because of the amount of guys we had retire back-to-back,” Elgar said.

Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen are on the injured list for South Africa, although they are expected to be back for the Australia series due to the team’s present situation, which might leave up to five spots in the top six open.

“It is about getting runs, that’s our currency as batsmen,” Elgar says. “It’s tough when the guys are not getting numbers on the board for you. Sooner or later you have to look elsewhere.”

Elgar did not comment on England’s ‘Bazball’ attacking style of play. But he believed that the home team in the series displayed controlled aggression.

“I’m not speaking about that word,” he said. “I didn’t think they played ultra-aggressive cricket, just a really good tempo. That is something you can manage and control when you are ahead in the game.

“I didn’t see the ‘B-word’ at all, I just thought they controlled it well.”