Going for the kill



November 11, 2016
Going for the kill

FOCUS: Protea batter Dean Elgar

Elgar warns SA against complacency

The Proteas are going for the kill to close out the Test series Down Under this weekend.

Australia are taking a lot of stick from players past on both side of the divide ahead of the second of the three five-dayers in Hobart, which starts tomorrow (1.30am).

Captain Steven Smith’s Baggy Greens lost the first Test in Perth by 177 runs as the Proteas bowlers ripped through their out-of-sorts middle order and their bowlers lacked the energy to trouble the tourists in SA’s second innings.

It led Oz spin legend Shane Warne to slam the use of the bowlers, while coach Darren Lehmann is willing to risk the paceman Mitchell Starc breaking down due to injury despite his heavy workload

And former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith has added that the Aussies are “in turmoil”.

But SA opening batsman Dean Elgar, who scored a career-best 127 at the Waca, isn’t buying it and says he and his teammates will have to show their killer instinct to end the Aussies’ hopes of levelling the series.

Elgar says: “I don’t think there is a culture issue within the Australian side.

“We know they’re still a dangerous team and they can bounce back in the second Test.

“Them being beaten in the first Test is working in their favour because they can bounce back, and we’re aware of their bouncebackability.

“It’s just human nature to withdraw into yourself because of what you’re going through. But they can bounce back hard.”

“Complacency is a big thing for us. That’s something we’ve addressed as a team. It’s a new Test, a new challenge and a new venue for us.”

Reverse swing played a massive role in the Proteas’ win in Perth, but on a greener pitch getting the ball to move like that could be tougher to roughen up the ball.

And Elgar hailed the likes Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander to get the ball swinging, with coach Russell Domingo still to decide on tapping Morne Morkel or Kyle Abbott to replace injured Dale Steyn.

The left-hander says: “It is an asset for us if the ball can reverse but also, for a bowler to be able to bowl with the reversing ball is a massive skill.

“We’re fortunate if that most if not all of our bowlers can bowl with the reversing ball, which works in our favour quite nicely.

“In Perth the ball reversed in both innings for us when we were bowling and it proved to be a massive asset for us.”

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