“I will not answer that yet”: Elgar hints at mysterious reasons for the burglary

Proteas skipper Dean Elgar admits he’s embarrassed by the series result and points to “other aspects” to his slump in form, writes DANIEL CHERNY.

South Africa captain Dean Elgar has hinted at mysterious reasons for his miserable streak with the bat after a recent singles failure in Sydney ended a streak he said had left the Proteas “hurt” and “embarrassed”.

But the skipper was proud of how his side managed to stave off a series euphemism by batting at SCG on the final day and trailing just two in the second inning.

Personally, however, it was a disastrous tour for the opener, who made just 56 runs from six innings and repeatedly caught the side of the leg.

The veteran hinted at factors that influenced his game during the series, but declined to elaborate.

“There were times when I hit worse and actually performed, which is ironic,” said Elgar.

“I’m not attributing it to a technicality, I think there are other aspects that you don’t need to know about.”

Pressed further on the matter, Elgar said: “I’m still not going to answer that. But it’s just pure cricket.”

The Proteas meet the West Indies at the end of their season and Elgar, 35, was adamant he wanted to continue leading the team.

“I’m no doubt still hungry and on the move,” said Elgar.

On his outs down the leg, the last of which came via a rebounding ball from Pat Cummins to the body that Elgar gloved Alex Carey for 10, the captain said he needed to figure out if there was a technical tear in his armor or not he was just unlucky.

“I accept maybe once, maybe twice, but the third time irritates me a lot,” he said.

“Of course this is something new. It’s something to possibly think about. Is it lucky as hell or not?”

Regarding his team’s overall performance during the series, Elgar said the crushing innings loss in Melbourne was a bitter pill, but resilience in Sydney eased the pain.

“It hurts, I’m embarrassed… maybe a little less now. Maybe those two words would have been a lot stronger after the second game,” he said.

“Maybe I’ve had a week to get over the pain and embarrassment.

“We’re an immensely proud nation and we play to win and when things don’t go your way, those things obviously run through your veins.”

South Africa’s Test cricket has reached a crossroads with several leading players abandoning the format for Twenty20 Riches in recent years.

Cricket South Africa has also invested heavily in a T20 league which starts this week.

Elgar hoped authorities could work to ensure the longest format could be a lucrative option for players in the Rainbow Nation.

“Our downfall is obviously our currency and we will always be chasing a dollar. We will always be behind the pack in this regard.

“But I feel like there’s room for compensation around the purest format, which is this.”

Daniel Cherny

Daniel ChernyStaff writer

Daniel Cherny is a Melbourne-based sportswriter specializing in AFL and cricket. After starting his career at Back Page Lead, Daniel spent eight years at The Age covering Australian Test cricket tours in Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Rio 2016 Olympics. He has been recognized for both his AFL and cricket writing, including winning the Clinton Grybas Rising Star Award at the 2019 Australian Football Media Association Awards. He is also a compulsive Simpsons quoter.

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