Elgar strives for all-round consistency

2012-06-30 20:02

South Africa has one of the most stable middle orders in Test cricket.

That strength, though, does not faze Knights’ top order batsman Dean Elgar.

His aim is to improve on what he called an ordinary first-class season in the SuperSport Series.

He tallied 391 runs at 30.07 in seven matches, while he scored 491 runs at 41 in one match more the previous season.

The Knights finished third behind the Cape Cobras and the Titans, but in the left-hander’s eyes, his franchise has under-achieved.

“We had an average season where we reached two semifinals and lost both,” said Elgar.

“We fell at the last hurdle in two competitions and it changed our season. In the coming season we have to try and play consistent cricket because consistent cricket will win matches more often than not.”

As part of the South African “A” side which is taking part in a two-match “Test” series against Sri Lanka, the 25-year-old from Welkom said he hoped to reproduce the form he showed when they toured Sri Lanka.

He added that playing in the height of winter in South Africa was going to be a new experience for him.

“I’ve played winter cricket in Pretoria but I’ve never played cricket in Durban during winter. I don’t know what the conditions are going to be like, what we are going to be up against and what the preparations are like,” he said this week at the High Performance Centre training camp at the University of Pretoria this week.

“I hope we enjoy the weather down there.”

On a personal level, Elgar said he wanted to build on his domestic one-day form which catapulted him into contention for One Day International selection, but added he wanted to be a shoe-in for all formats of the game.

Last season Elgar was the top run-scorer in the Franchise 1-Day Cup, with 567 at an impressive average of 81, runs which took the Knights into the playoff against the Warriors, which they lost.

“I don’t really have a fixed spot in the Knights’ T20 side and that is something I would like to nail down. If I were to be a
well-rounded cricketer, it would improve other aspects of my game,” the former SA Under-19 captain concluded.

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