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 stand-in captain, Dean Elgar, says the squad will need to be a lot more ‘ruthless’ with their basic disciplines- which he feels was the disappointment-
Standard Bank Proteas head coach, Russell Domingo, says Dean Elgar will bring a ‘gutsy’ attitude as captain for the first Test match against England starting at Lord’s in London on Thursday.
The Standard Bank Proteas amp up their Test match preparation with a three-day warm-up match against the England Lions starting at New Road in Worcester on Thursday.
ean Elgar has described his seventh Test century on the opening day of the first Test match against New Zealand at the University Oval in Dunedin on Wednesday as one of the ‘toughest’ of his 33-match Test career.