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Elgar on major talking point in Proteas camp: 'We need to find a way not to start poor'

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Proteas skipper Dean Elgar
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  • Proteas captain Dean Elgar says they need to improve on their sluggish starts ahead of the Bangladesh Test series that starts on Thursday.
  • The Proteas have lost both their opening Tests in the 2021/22 summer, but did not lose the series against India and New Zealand.
  • Bangladesh go into their fourth Test series in SA on the back of a maiden ODI series success on these shores.

Proteas Test captain Dean Elgar said their latent inability of good starts in Test matches needs to be shelved for the Bangladesh Test series that starts at Kingsmead on Thursday.

The 2021/22 summer has seen the Proteas lose both their opening Tests against New Zealand and India respectively.

However, they did not lose those series.

Elgar though is not keen on giving a Bangladesh side that won a Test in New Zealand earlier this year any sort of a sniff.

Elgar said it was difficult to pinpoint the reasons behind their slow starts, but said they've been in conversations to arrest that particular problem.

"It's always a talking point for me around the squad because we've been naturally known to start poorly," Elgar said.

"The reason behind that? I'm not quite sure, but you need to make the players aware of these kinds of situations and try to avoid them.

"It is a talking and thinking point in our squad, but we need to find a way not to start poor because that really sets us back in a two-match series.

"As we saw in New Zealand, you really have to focus and put in a lot of energy in the last game to ensure the result goes your way.

"If we start well and have more results going our way more times, we'll win more series because I feel we play better series the longer the series goes on.

"It will be nice if we start the series well as that's something we've always wanted to do. We need to start a little better, especially in this series."

With the England/West Indies and Australia/Pakistan rubbers being three-match series that were decided in the final game, Elgar was left chuffed by the state of Test cricket.

The SA/Bangladesh series will only be two matches, but that has become the norm in Test cricket around the world.

Elgar admitted that the anodyne nature of the pitches in the first two matches of the above-mentioned rubbers played a role in the exciting climaxes, but said the availability of the third Test made the drawn games worth the trouble.

"Test cricket has definitely created a lot more chat and interest. A Test going into the last session of day five is what you want to see," Elgar said.

"That's what you want to watch a lot more of, so it was good seeing those series stretch as far as they did, but the wickets also played a role in that.

"However, it's created a lot of interest and the talk around it is that it's the old and traditional way of playing Test cricket that may have lost its way a bit because of white-ball cricket.

"It's like when you draw two matches, you've got the third Test and that's the biggest game you can play in the series.

"You win that and the previous draws don't matter because you've put everything into that last game."

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