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“Didn’t Wake Up Thinking I’d Be Doing Press Meet So Early” – Dean Elgar’s Cheeky Remark On South Africa’s Innings Win Against England

Dean Elgar
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South Africa registered a fantastic victory against England in the first of the three-match Test series on Friday, August 19 at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium in London. The match finished on the third day itself, as South Africa defeated England by an innings and 12 runs, to go one up in the series. South African skipper Dean Elgar made a cheeky comment about his team’s win at the press conference after the match.

England was all out for 149 runs in the third innings on day three. Anrich Nortje picked three wickets, while Keshav Maharaj, Marco Jansen, and Kagiso Rabada picked two wickets each. South Africa’s bowling attack powered them to a remarkable win.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Dean Elgar took a dig at England’s performance. He jokingly said, while referring to the quick finish of the Test match in just more than six sessions,

“I did not wake up this morning thinking that I’d be doing a press conference before five o’clock.”

Earlier in the match, batting first England was all out for just 165 runs as they failed to counter South Africa pace trio’s wrath. Kagiso Rabada picked up a five-wicket haul, while Anrich Nortje and Marco Jansen also contributed well. In response to England’s 165, South Africa put on 326 runs, on the back of several contributions from the batters. England batters faltered again in the second innings, handing South Africa an innings win.

It was a pretty special squad performance: Dean Elgar

South African skipper Dean Elgar termed their win in the first test as a “special squad performance”. He expressed that the team would not go into the comfort zone heading into the second Test match. However, Elgar added that they will enjoy the win as they have won at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

“It was a pretty special squad performance. We haven’t left any stone unturned so far and hopefully, we don’t go into a comfort zone … no, well – I’m definitely not going to let us go into a comfort zone, because I know what complacency can do in international sport. But we need to enjoy these moments, we did it at a really unique place and it’s special for a lot of guys that haven’t experienced Lord’s before,” said Dean Elgar.

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