Dean Elgar slams South Africa’s batting after defeat in 2nd Test against England – First-innings batting let us down

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ENG vs SA, 2nd Test: South Africa skipper Dean Elgar was disappointed with his team’s batting in the second match of the series at Old Trafford in Manchester.

First-innings batting let us down: Elgar slams SA’s batting after defeat in 2nd Test vs ENG. Courtesy: AP

First-innings batting let us down: Elgar slams SA’s batting after defeat in 2nd Test vs ENG. Courtesy: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Africa lost the Manchester Test by an innings and 85 runs
  • South Africa were bowled out for 151 in their first innings
  • The final Test will start on September 8

South Africa skipper Dean Elgar admitted that his team didn’t perform well with the bat in the second Test against England at Old Trafford in Manchester. On Saturday, August 27, the Proteas lost the match by an innings and 85 runs as England drew level in the three-match series.

Elgar was clear-cut in saying that the batting debacle in the first innings let South Africa down big time. After opting to bat first, the Proteas were bowled out for 151. Barring Kagiso Rabada, who scored 36, none of the South African batters stepped up.

“We didn’t bat particularly well. The ball moved around, but this is Test cricket and we have to deal with it,” Elgar was quoted as saying on BBC Sports.

Earlier, Kagiso Rabada defended South Africa’s decision of batting first, saying that the pitch had shown signs of slowing down. He had also said that the visitors added off-spinner Simon Harmer to the playing XI, keeping in mind the playing conditions.

Elgar also agreed that the track deteriorated with time, but also slammed his team’s poor batting performance at Old Trafford.

“The pitch did deteriorate as we thought it would, but our first-innings batting let us down,” he added.

James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, who made his Test comeback, wreaked havoc in the second innings. Both picked up a combined tally of seven wickets as South Africa crumbled for 179 in 85.1 overs in their second innings.

The third and final Test of the series is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, September 8 at Kennington Oval in London.

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