The THREE Proteas “curses” that Sarel Erwee and Dean Elgar broke!

The Proteas are currently taking on their New Zealand counterparts in the second and final Test match at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

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The Proteas will be on the search for redemption having been comprehensively beaten by New Zealand in the first Test, after an innings and 276 run loss. 

Proteas crushed in first Test

That loss would’ve highlighted the already well document frailties in the Proteas batting order, with the pitch favouring seam, not helping their chances either. The likes of skipper Dean Elgar and debutant Sarel Erwee both failed to make an impact in the first innings, much like the other South Africa batters, who showed very little resistance. The New Zealand seamers were able to exploit their home conditions to aplomb with the Proteas showing very little resistance.

Erwee individual milestone

That is why it may have come as a bit of a shock when the Proteas won the toss and Elgar opted to have a bat first. That decision, although initially perplexing at face value that decision from the left hander has proven to be a stroke of genius. The South African batting innings this time around has seen Erwee reaching his maiden Test 50. The lanky Erwee, also a left handed batter earned his place in the Test side by virtue of being the top runs scorer in the domestic game over the past few seasons. He has looked more like himself now in the Test arena, giving an assured display heading to his milestone. 

The three partnership curses Erwee and Elgar have broken

Besides the individual statistics, the pair of Erwee and Elgar have already reached three milestones and subsequently broken three “curses”. Earlier in their innings they became the first Proteas opening pair to strike a 50 run partnership in 16 innings, a fear that dates back to the New Year’s Test against Pakistan in 2019. In addition to that, while in the 90’s the pair scored the highest opening partnership by an overseas side, ever at the Hagley Oval. 

Proteas in a strong position

Then finally the big one, Erwee and Elgar became the first Test opening pair to score a 100 run partnership for the Proteas since Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen in 2012! Unfortunately that brilliant stand would come to an end at 111 as Elgar was bowled out for 41. The Proteas are still in a very strong position at the time of publishing with 122-1 with Erwee (74*) and new batter Aidan Markram (4*) still at the crease.

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