Dean Elgar had already been identified as a future Protea from the time he led South Africa to the ICC under-19 World Championship in 2006. Since then he has been a consistent performer in franchise cricket as an opening batsman in the Sunfoil Series and as a middle-order all-rounder in limited overs cricket.
He suffered the frustration of having to drop out injured after being selected for his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in early 2012 and his chance finally came when the selectors decided to rest Jacques Kallis for the following ODI series in England. He played in all five matches and did well enough to suggest that there may be further opportunities.
Apart from his contribution with bat and ball he also took a stunning catch in the deep in the victory over England at Southampton.
His Test debut followed in Australia at the end of 2012 when he was called up as an injury replacement for JP Duminy and his first century came in his third match against New Zealand. The retirement off Graeme Smith has created a regular opportunity for him in his specialist position at the top of the order.
Standard Bank Proteas opener, Dean Elgar was pleased to have put some of his frustrations of throwing away good starts behind him with a career-best century on the opening day of the second Sunfoil Test against Sri Lanka at PPC Newlands in Cape Town on Monday
STEPHEN COOK and Dean Elgar’s synergy as an opening Test match partnership gained further momentum in the first Sunfoil Test match against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
The Standard Bank Proteas will be guarding against any form of complacency as they prepare for the second Test match against Australia starting at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart on Saturday.
HALF-CENTURIES BY Stiaan van Zyl and Dean Elgar, coupled with a far more disciplined bowling performance ensured that South Africa A enjoyed a far better second day of the first four-day Test against Australia A in Brisbane on Sunday.