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Dean Elgar feels he is the 'logical' choice for Proteas Test captaincy

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Following his standout performance with the bat at Newlands, opener Dean Elgar acknowledged that being named Proteas Test captain would be the "logical" choice.

The Titans' 150 was the lowest innings team total in South African first class history to include a century. Elgar scored a fighting 101 off 143 balls.

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Elgar's performance with the bat and his experience make him a strong candidate for the Proteas Test captaincy.

Director of cricket Graeme Smith and newly appointed national selector Victor Mpitsang have yet to select a Test captain since Faf du Plessis stepped down from his role earlier this year.

Elgar, who has previously deputised twice for Du Plessis as skipper, told Cricket Fanatics Magazine that taking over the captaincy armband for the two-Test match series against Sri Lanka would make sense.

"Without sounding arrogant or big-headed, it would make the one logical sense (to be Test captain) in cricket [in] South Africa at the moment," said Elgar on Tuesday.

"In saying that, it's out of your control as a player, I've really tried to groom myself from a personal point of view but it's totally out of my powers but you've got to respect their decision."

Elgar also revealed that the 4-Day Franchise Series is the perfect warm-up for the Proteas first Test match since January when they take on Sri Lanka.

"We have a few games building up to the Boxing Day Test and Newlands Test, which players are excited for - we're glad it's happening. It's a great opportunity to get out there, get the technique working again. There's no better practise than batting in the middle order and applying yourself in the middle. Match practise is extremely important leading up to series against Sri Lanka." 

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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