Dean Elgar admits South Africa were shocked by Ben Stokes blitz

Dean Elgar admits South Africa were shocked by Ben Stokes blitz
Ben Stokes celebrating his double century in the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
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South African opening batsman Dean Elgar admitted that his team were taken by surprise by the stupendous double century from Ben Stokes on day two of the second Test in Cape Town.

Stokes was bludgeoning the South African attack to all parts of the park and brought up his hundred and the double hundred as well in the first session itself.

England added 196 runs off just 25 overs in the first session and followed it up by adding 116 runs in 14 overs of the second session to post a total of 629 runs in the first innings.

Jonny Bairstow also struck a splendid unbeaten 150 and shared a 399-run stand with Stokes for the sixth wicket to set a new world record.

Terming it a “crazy day of cricket” Elgar asserted that the South African bowlers tried their best to thwart the attack from Stokes and Bairstow.

“It was a very intense session and a half.

“We were kind of shell-shocked by the way they were going.

“It’s easy to say we could have done this or should have done this but it’s gone.

“There will always be finger pointing but our bowlers gave everything.

“It was just a crazy day of cricket.” 

In 198-ball knock, Stokes hit 11 sixes and 30 fours on the way to the second fastest double century in Test cricket as he threw caution to the wind.

Praising Stokes for his knock, Elgar said that the aggressive approach adopted by the 24-year-old all-rounder paid off for him.

“He seems to be one of those cricketers who chances his arm quite a lot.

“Massive credit to him today, it came off.

“I think he came out positive and aggressive and, if one went to hand, there’d be a different story to read in the morning.” 

South Africa are currently in a phase where the results are not going their way and they also have been unable to field their best bowling attack due to injuries.

In 2015, South Africa won just the lone Test against West Indies in January and went on to draw three games and lose four matches.

Elgar stated that South Africa are undergoing a period of transition and urged the supporters to acknowledge the fact.

“People have to understand this Proteas Test team is going through a change.

“We’re going to cop a lot of abuse but we’re strong enough to take it on the chin.

“You have to go through that kind of abuse on a cricket field to appreciate good times.

“It’s part of the game and it’s what makes Test cricket so beautiful.” 

By stumps on day two, South Africa mounted a reply by scoring 141 for two in 43 overs with Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers batting unbeaten on 64 and 25 respectively. 

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