South Africa opening batsman Dean Elgar is excited to lead his team in the upcoming three-day tour game against England Lions that kicks-off on Thursday at County Ground in Worcester.
With regular skipper Faf du Plessis is with his wife for the birth of their child and AB de Villiers opting out of another Test series, Elgar has been the go-to man for the Proteas and he is also on the line to lead them for the first Test against England, if the 32-year-old fails to return on time.
Proteas have already lost the One-Day International and Twenty20 International series against England and had a disappointing outing in the Champions Trophy campaign as well but Elgar is confident that a strong performance in the Test series can change their fortunes.
“We have to compete against a very good England Lions side,” Elgar told reporters.
“To get that competitive edge will be a big thing for us. Naturally the guys will have that instinct in them so we have an important three days, weather permitting.
“We have a lot of new faces which is exciting for us. There is a different energy within the test side irrespective of how things have gone in the past. The energy is always in a good place for test cricket, which is what I want for the boys.”
South Africa will be entering the first Test having won four consecutive series against New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The four-match Test series will be played between 6th July and 8th August with Lord's, Trent Bridge, Kennington Oval and Old Trafford being the venues.
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