AUSTRALIA TOUR OF SA, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
“Dean is a tough cookie” – Malibongwe Maketa © Getty
South Africa be expecting Dean Elgar to open the batting of their 2nd innings despite suffering a dislocated finger on day 3 of the primary Test in opposition to Australia on Saturday (March three).
Elgar incurred the damage within the means of taking the catch that ended Mitchell Starc’s innings within the night consultation, simply 4 overs earlier than the day’s play got here to a untimely shut due to dangerous mild. He right away ran off the sector clutching his proper hand and motioning in opposition to the physio.
It was once later showed that the left-hander had dislocated the pinky finger on his proper hand, however even though he was once not able to go back to the sector earlier than the shut of play, South Africa don’t be expecting the damage to save you him from batting.
Elgar isn’t any stranger to batting thru ache and discomfort – in his ultimate Test, in opposition to India on the Wanderers, he carried his bat for an unbeaten 86 despite copping a large number of blows to the arms and frame in addition to a fearsome one to the grille.
“Dean is a tough cookie,” South Africa’s assistant trainer Malibongwe Maketa mentioned. “He was really keen to go back out there and to bat. There’s no concern about him. It was dislocated. It’s fine now.”
Elgar will have slightly extra time to get ready for South Africa’s 2nd innings at the fourth morning, with Australia batsman Cameron Bancroft intimating that the vacationers had been not likely to claim in a single day. Australia went to stumps on 213 for 9, main by means of 402, however Bancroft steered they’ll bat on.
“There are still two days to go, and I think the thing they would like the least is to rock up tomorrow and have to bowl, so I’m pretty confident that we will keep batting,” he mentioned.