Elgar steps up to play a fighting role

2014-02-21 00:00

PORT ELIZABETH — One day you are heartbroken because you have not been offered a contract with the Proteas again, and then, just a few days later you are called upon to ensure that same team are not humiliated by the Aussies again.

That is the tale of Dean Elgar, who played a fighter’s innings of 83 runs yesterday at St George’s Park during the first day of the second Test against Australia.

“It was very disappointing to receive such news shortly before a Test but it motivated me to try and perform better,” said Elgar, who on Monday heard that he had been omitted from Cricket SA’s list of contracted players. It’s not that I wanted to prove something to certain people, but I wanted to show them that they had taken the wrong decision.”

He heard the evening before last night that he may be used as opening batsman or as number six. When Alviro Petersen remained ill yesterday morning, Elgar opened South Africa’s innings with captain Graeme Smith.

Batting was not easy and few runs were scored during the first couple of overs.

The Free State batsman showed his toughness and put his body on the line against Mitchell Johnson’s nasty bouncers.

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