South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis thinks, the Proteas batsmen should take inspiration from Dean Elgar’s fighting innings in the 239-run loss to England in the third Test match at The Oval on Monday.
“Dean took that 100 monkey off our shoulders. Hopefully the batters can respond well because he showed us how you need to bat in Test match cricket,” du Plessis said after the match.
“It’s never easy, it’s about applying yourself, absorbing a lot of pressure, even at times when it’s really uncomfortable like Dean showed. If you get through it you will get an opportunity to get runs and put the team under pressure, he did that today,” he added.
Elgar’s century will definitely give a struggling South Africa batting unit belief it is possible, despite the challenging conditions and a brilliant England attack.
Faf further added on the same, “It’s good from a unit point of view that he did it today and we will try to make sure that we can do exactly what he did in the last Test.”
Meanwhile, Elgar took several blows on the hands through the course of his 136, but confirmed he would be fit to play the fourth and final Test at Old Trafford on Friday.
“I’m still ready to play the next game. I’m not going to take (the protection) off. It’s part of the game, you have to roll with the punches and take the blows when they come your way,” Elgar confirmed.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com