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Win In Wanderers Step In The Right Direction, Game Plan Won’t Change Much For 3rd Test: Dean Elgar

Dean Elgar file photo (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Dean Elgar revealed that while there is room for improvement, but the hosts won’t be tinkering with their game plan heading into the final Test.

The 2nd Test win at Wanderers against India is a move in the right direction for the South Africa team, according to the South African skipper.

Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96-run in the second innings to power South Africa to a 7-wicket win over India. (AP Image)
Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96-run in the second innings to power South Africa to a 7-wicket win over India. (AP Image)

Dean Elgar Reckons It’s A Step In The Right Direction After South Africa’s Win In The 2nd Test At Johannesburg

After slumping to a 113-run defeat in the first Test at Centurion, South Africa bounced back with a superb seven-wicket win at Johannesburg to level the three-match series 1-1.

“It’s a positive move, no doubt and a step in the right direction,” Elgar was quoted as saying.

“We’re still going to have challenging encounters coming our way and that includes the next Test that starts on Tuesday. We’re going to be pushed to different boundaries and how the guys respond to that is going to be important,” he added.

Rassie van der Dussen and Dean Elgar
Rassie van der Dussen and Dean Elgar. (Photo by CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP via Getty Images)

Dean Elgar scored an unbeaten 96 while stitching crucial partnerships with Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma in the second innings to lead his side to a famous victory and the skipper feels the win will fire up the “relatively inexperienced squad” for the final Test.

“However, we’re going in the right direction and it’s a confidence booster for a lot of the players in the squad. We’ve got a relatively inexperienced squad, but we still know that not everything is going to go our way,” Elgar said.
Skipper Dean Elgar led from the front as South Africa levelled three-match series in style, beating India by seven wickets in Johannesburg—their first-ever on this venue.

Dean Elgar: Proteas Won’t Change Game Plan Too Much In The 3rd Test

India and South Africa are set to clash in the series-deciding final Test at Newlands, Cape Town from Tuesday and skipper Dean Elgar feels there is room for improvement for the Proteas.

“There were areas that we focused on and going into Cape Town, we’ll have to over-emphasise them again,” said Elgar.

Dean Elgar punches the air after hitting the winning four AFP via Getty Images
Dean Elgar punches the air after hitting the winning four AFP via Getty Images

“We’ll have to be strict with our game plan, so we won’t be changing too much going into Cape Town with regards to our game plans,” he added.

Dean Elgar feels that being a senior batter he needed to take the responsibility to lead his team from the front. Dean Elgar played a captain’s knock scoring an unbeaten 96 to take the hosts to a 7-wicket win levelling the 3-match series 1-1 against India.

Dean Elgar stood at the wicket for 307 minutes and took blows on his body just like he did here four years ago. He was also engaged in verbal duels on many occasions but never lost his concentration. It was a pity that he couldn’t get to a century ending up unbeaten at 96 off 188 balls, but he fittingly scored the winning runs.

South Africa and India will go to Cape Town for the third Test with the three-match Test series locked on 1-1. The series-deciding third Test starts on January 11 at the Newlands Cricket Stadium. After India won the first Test at Centurion by 113 runs, South Africa fought back into the series with a 7-wicket win at the Wanderers.

India will regain the services of skipper Virat Kohli, who missed the second Test with an upper back spasm. However, there will be fitness concern over Mohammed Siraj, who suffered a hamstring injury during the second Test at the Wanderers.

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