Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar. (Image: Twitter)

South Africa National Cricket Team captain Dean Elgar after the two-day finish in the first Test, stated that the surface at The Gabba in Brisbane didn’t facilitate a “fair contest” between bat and ball.

In the first Test of the three-match series, Pat Cummins-led Australia defeated the Dean Elgar-led South Africa by 6 wickets as the match got finished inside two days. Overall, 34 wickets fell in less than 145 overs in the match. South Africa gave a small target of 34 to Australia and while chasing it down the Aussies lost four wickets inside 7 overs.

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Dean Elgar
Dean Elgar. (Image: Twitter)

Speaking after the match, Dean Elgar said that his side would have emerged victorious had they put 60 more runs on the board.

“Another 60 runs and it might have been on our side. I am still trying to wrap my brain around what happened over the last couple of days,” he told the broadcasters, Fox in the immediate aftermath of the defeat.

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“If you were a bowler, you were licking your lips. It was challenging for the batters, no doubt, which is okay if there’s a good contest between bat and ball but obviously on the flip side, I don’t see it as a fair contest.

“If you have two quality bowling attacks, it’s what people want to watch but they want to watch it for five days and obviously it didn’t happen this way.”

A few scars might have been opened – Dean Elgar on Kagiso Rabada picking 4 wickets in the 4th Innings

Steve Smith and Kagiso Rabada
Steve Smith and Kagiso Rabada (PC-Twitter)

Defending a small target of 34 runs, premier pacer Kagiso Rabada dismissed Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith and Travis Head inside 7 overs.

Meanwhile, the Proteas captain believes that the damage South Africa inflicted on Australia in the 4th innings would have opened some scars. He said:

“A few scars might have been opened. We’ve still got another raw paceman sitting on the sidelines in [Gerald] Coetzee, so it’s nice to have him in the wings.”

While talking about the preparations of Team South Africa, Dean Elgar said that they gave it all and prepared well heading into the series.

“I can’t think we can prepare any better than the way we did heading into this series. Conditions were not in favour for the batters in this game. I can’t think of us doing much else,” he said. 

“We are still going to prepare the way we are going to prepare for the second Test and take it from there. Extra three days, obviously unplanned, go back to the drawing board and sit down and get the think tank going again.”

Dean Elgar. Photo- Getty
Dean Elgar. Photo- Getty

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