South Africa defeated England handsomely at Lord’s on Friday, August 19, despite the fact that the focus of the build-up may have been on Bazball. This demonstrated how far ahead of South Africa was in terms of planning and execution.
Dean Elgar, the captain of South Africa, didn’t miss an opportunity to poke fun at England, saying that he believed that Bazballing England would have attacked them hard on Day 2.
The South African pacers, who took 18 of the 20 English wickets distributed over the two innings, were primarily responsible for the visitors’ resounding victory at Lord’s.
I Am Just Looking To Get Better As A Captain: Dean Elgar
“Didn’t think, especially waking up this morning. We thought they’d bat hard and get a big lead. When it was our turn to bowl, we had to put the ball in the right areas,” he said at the post-match presentation.
The guys did a great job. Very grateful for a young side. I have got a great think-tank behind the scenes. Good coaches who give great advice. As things work out, with Kesh getting a few wickets. And bringing Anrich who bowls at the speed of light,” he further added.
“I am just looking to get better as captain. (On his partnership) Having Sarel around helps. He’s an experienced cricketer and a great teammate. He is a pretty feisty character. We’ll enjoy tonight, it is Friday after all. We won’t rush it, because we need to let the young guys take in the moment,” Elgar concluded.
The second Test of the series will be played in Manchester, where South Africa will likely place more of an emphasis on their pace quartet than on the Bazball.