Dean Elgar has dubbed the final Test of the LV=Insurance series against England as “a World Cup final”. The Proteas skipper is yet to experience a series win against England. Dean Elgar‘s men are also fighting to ensure the team remains on course for the World Test Championship final next summer.
“There’s definitely going to be a winner in this Test, no doubt,” Elgar said. “The styles of cricket that we’ve been playing, there’s definitely going to be a result. There will be a victor and there will be someone that loses this Test, no doubt.”
Dean Elgar gives insight on potential team for decisive final Test
The 35-year-old captain confirmed that Ryan Rickelton would come into the South Africa side in place of the injured Rassie van der Dussen while hinting that other changes could also be made. With rain forecast during the match, there seems a decent chance South Africa will drop one of their spinners – probably Simon Harmer – for another seamer and a possibility Aiden Markram, who has scored 36 runs in three innings, could miss out, too.
Marco Jansen, the allrounder who played at Lord’s, and Khaya Zondo, whose only experience of Test cricket was as a Covid substitute, are standing by.
Proteas skipper issues words of warning for England debutant
Elgar also had words of warning for England debutant, Harry Brook. Brook made a polished century against South Africa in the Lions match in Kent earlier in the tour, but Elgar warned that Test cricket was a different challenge and could “humble” those who played in it.
“This is Test cricket now,” Elgar said, “You can bat like that if you want in a four-day game or a County Championship game. But this is Test cricket, there’s a lot of things that can put a stop to you as a player, the crowd or the camera.”
“This is Test cricket. It’ll humble you as a player and as a person. This is the big league now.”