ENG vs SA: South Africa captain Dean Elgar puts forward a challenge for England batters
ENG vs SA: South Africa Test skipper Dean Elgar has downplayed the excitement around England’s new batting strategy in this format under head coach Brendon McCullum.
In an interview with a leading UK newspaper, Elgar emphasised that he had “absolutely no interest” in the way England has revamped their Test batting ahead of the Test series between the two teams. England will host South Africa for three Test matches this summer. With the first match taking place at Lord’s on August 17. Since McCullum became the team’s head coach, England’s batting has experienced an astounding transformation.
They just defeated India in a one-off Test match that was a continuation of the series played in 2021, winning by scores of 3-0 and 1-0, respectively.
Elgar, however, is unfazed by the discussion surrounding the revised batting motto known as Bazball and has actually issued an open challenge to England’s batsmen.
“I think it can go one of two ways for them and it can go south very quickly. Their own coach doesn’t even like the slogan they’ve come up with. I’d like to see them do it against our seamers, ” Elgar said.
However, due to Duanne Olivier’s muscle tear and Kagiso Rabada’s left ankle ligament injuries sustained during the T20Is against England, South Africa has difficulties with its fast bowling.
In the pre-series warm-up game against the England Lions, in which South Africa defeated by an innings and 56 runs. Olivier was the quick bowler of choice for South Africa.
South Africa presently leads the ICC World Test Championship. With a win percentage of 71.43%, and the next Test series is a part of that competition.
England, on the other hand, has only triumphed in five of its 16 Test matches this cycle. And is currently ranked eighth in the standings. But in their last four Test matches, they have won four of those five games.