Mon, 21 Jun 2021

  • Proteas batsman Dean Elgar say they are eager to rectify the past ahead of Thursday's first Test against the West Indies.
  • Elgar insists his side is prepared and hopes to see a few players "put up their hand" and grab opportunities.
  • The Proteas will be playing their first Test at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, with Elgar expecting a tough battle between bat and ball.

Proteas Test captain Dean Elgar hopes that his side can get back to winning ways ahead of Thursday's first Test against the West Indies.

The Proteas tour consists of two Test matches in St Lucia and five T20s in St George's, Grenada.

It was a dismal summer for Mark Boucher's men as they lost four consecutive series against Pakistan, which included a 2-0 Test defeat in Lahore.

The Proteas have since slipped to an embarrassing seventh on the ICC Test team rankings.

Meanwhile, the West Indies are unbeaten in their last four Tests, which includes a 2-0 triumph in Bangladesh and drawn matches at home to Sri Lanka.

Elgar says the Proteas are eager to "rectify the past" and hopes their preparation is good enough to achieve success.

"We are aware of the failures that we've had in the past and the one thing we can control is our preparation," Elgar told reporters on Wednesday.

"That's the key fundamental, to try and give you some success, especially in this format. We've prepared very well but with preparation there's no guarantee of outcome or success.

"We are aware of the past and want to rectify it. We've lost a lot of experienced batters, but now it's time for guys to put their hand up and opportunities are there," he continued.

"All I can ask for is time but time is very limited, especially when you're playing two or three-Test match series, which is tough to give the guys time."

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It is the first time that South Africa will play a bilateral series in the West Indies since 2010.

The Proteas have never played Test cricket at the Daren Sammy Ground with conditions assisting the pace bowlers.

The visitors had a two-day game leading up to Thursday's opening Test, with Elgar stating it was "tough".

"Our batters were exposed to the harshest batting conditions that we could experience. The battle between bat and ball was extremely competitive," said Elgar.

"From what I could tell it seems like it's very much a seam friendly pitch. I've heard that if you apply yourself as a batter, you can score runs, which is the mindset we need to go with."

Play starts at 16:00 (SA time) on Thursday.

Source: News24

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