Proteas Test skipper Dean Elgar has received a ringing endorsement from his opening partner Aiden Markram, after his tenure began with a win away from home.
Dean Elgar ‘the perfect man for the job”
Markram says that Elgar’s forthright leadership style is just what the inexperienced Proteas team needs.
“Dean has been brilliant as captain now for the last three weeks and it’s great to have someone really experienced like him to lead us, a pretty young team,” Markram said.
“He has realigned everyone and is driving those standards that will more often than not lead to good results.
“It’s black or white with Dean. You always know where you stand and he’s the perfect man for the job at the moment.”
Dean Elgar (L) of South Africa and Kraigg Brathwaite (R) of West Indies pose with the Betway Test Series trophy, one day ahead of the 1st Test between South Africa and West Indies at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on June 09, 2021. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)
A long time coming
The Proteas win over the West Indies was their first on foreign soil in Test cricket for nearly four years, and Markam hopes the team can build on the result and learn how to overcome the challenges of foreign conditions.
The team had to do without the experience of Temba Bavuma for the first Test which saw the Proteas name two debutants in their playing XI.
“It’s been a long time coming and it will re-instil a bit of belief that we can still compete away from home,” Markram said.
“We came across a lot of foreign things we had to overcome, like a strong breeze at the ground, and at one end it was quite an uphill run for the bowlers into the wind, and they had a different ball to what they’re used to.
“But for all of us, the focus was just on getting your job done, no excuses and empty the tank. Conditions were difficult, but hopefully we can now win in foreign conditions more consistently.”
The Test series will be decided when the West Indies face the Proteas in St Lucia from Friday.