Dean Elgar stood tall amidst ruins, clinched his 11th Test hundred, unbeaten though he is, did not acquisition companionship from any of the compatriot batsmen leaving the hosts at 311 runs all out in their first innings of the third Test against Australia.
A frustrated Elgar later said, “That’s the nature of Test cricket for you. For four hours a team can be dominant, and the other two hours the other team can bounce back.”
“I am aware of the difficulties of this format. When you are facing three top-class seamers and Mitchell Marsh and a quality spinner, you are always up against it. Certain moments in Test cricket can set you up for a few very good days,” he said.
South Africa, lost the opener Aiden Markram though, early, framed an 86 run second wicket partnership between Hashim Amla and Dean Elgar.
“The wicket is by no means flat. You saw when I and AB were in, it was easier. We gave ourselves time to score. But the moment a few wickets fall down, it’s going to be hard work for the new batter coming in.
“At tea, I thought we could push past 380-400. But this wicket has shown that batting might be tough and might get tougher as the Test goes on, which is perfect for us because our bowling unit can exploit the conditions we have here. We can also get the ball to reverse here which is a massive plus for us,” Elgar added.