South Africa captain Dean Elgar has urged his batsmen to establish themselves, but is also willing to shoulder the burden of scoring runs. To continue their remarkable run in Australia, where they have won the last three series, South Africa will need to negate the pale figures of their top order. The Gabba will host the first match from December 17 before the series moves to Melbourne for the annual Boxing Day Test.
The only experienced batsmen in the country are Elgar and Temba they agree. A lot depends on them if they have enough runs to work with South Africa’s strong bowling attack. However, Elgar’s fate will likely be crucial to their hopes. He scored 13 Test centuries compared to the rest of the visiting team’s four. South Africa’s top batsmen average 38.83, but Australia have two batsmen over 60, Marnus Labuschen And Steven Smith.
“All the batters have to step up. There’s been talk of late around our batting unit. Again, I’ve never backed down from that. When the guys step up, it’s time for me personally. Put my hand up and make a big game for us. We Got a really talented team, they’re a bit inexperienced in Test cricket. They don’t have a lot of baggage in the series. They have to take the opportunities when they come their way,” Elgar was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The country’s only experienced batsmen are Elgar and Temba Bavuma. A lot depends on them if they have enough runs to work with South Africa’s strong bowling attack. However, Elgar’s fate will likely be crucial to their hopes. He scored 13 Test centuries compared to the rest of the visiting team’s four. South Africa’s top batsman averages 38.83, but Australia has two batsmen over 60, Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith.
Since then, Elgar has scored two centuries against Australia, but there have also been plenty of low scores and his average of 33.55 is below his career level.
“We come from South Africa where the wickets are quite green and juicy. Personally I don’t really shy away from it and I know our batsmen don’t either,” Elgar said.
“I always carry the burden of scoring runs, I’m a senior batsman. I have to score runs even under pressure outside of being captain. Very aware of that. It’s always something I improve on, I think it brings out the best in me,” added South Africa captain.
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