SA vs AUS 2018: Spinners Could Hold Key to Victory against Australia – Dean Elgar
Experienced South African batsman Dean Elgar believes spinners can play a decisive role against Australia.
However, the series is a potential fight between two world-class fast bowling unit. Meanwhile, both team will lock horns in a four-match Test series starting from March 1 in Durban.
Ottis Gibson, South Africa’s new coach, is likely to play a quartet of four pacers along with Keshav Maharaj as the lone spinner.
South Africa is high on confidence beating India 2-1, while Australia is coming from a successful Ashes campaign.
Maharaj can be a match-winner:
The opener feels Maharaj can be a match-winner for South Africa in the four-match series that start tomorrow.
“I think against Australia you potentially need to slow the game down, which they probably aren’t used to. So a guy like Keshav has played well against them in the past, so he’ll play a big part in the series,” Elgar said.
“I think either way the spinners are going to have an influence in the Tests, even if it’s holding up an end or trying to be attacking, which some surfaces might allow. It is a bit of a battle of the seamers, but there is a world-class spinner in both sides, so it’s going to be exciting Test cricket,” Elgar added.
Meanwhile, Australia has Nathan Lyon in their ranks, who has done exceptionally well for Australia. Most recently, Lyon returned with 21 scalps during Australia’s 4-0 win over England in the Ashes.
Previous encounter is a fond memory:
Previously, South Africa beat Australia when they last faced each other in Australia. The Proteas defeated Australia in their backward in 2016 by a 2-1 margin.
However, Elgar recalled the memory from the last time they beat Australia.
“Our previous encounter is a fond memory for us,” said Elgar. “Having the ability to beat them in Australia is an encouraging factor, knowing that the last time we played against each other we had the upper hand,” he concluded.
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