Somerset supporters have this week been given a taste of what to expect from new signing Dean Elgar.
The 29 year old opening batsman put the New Zealand attack to the sword on day one of the first Test in Dunedin and finished the day on 128 not out.
This was Dean’s second century in his last four innings for the Proteas as his side closed out day one on 229 for four.
Following his latest impressive performance Dean said: “It was right up there with one of the tougher days of Test cricket in my career. Their bowlers are quality. Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Jeetan Patel. It was hard graft. There are a lot of elements which we are not used to, obviously it was a bit chilly throughout the day. Your body maybe reacts differently to those conditions and I started cramping towards the end. Mentally you get a little bit drained but that’s the nature of the game. If you spend that period out there for so long, its going to happen irrespective of where you play.”
Dean Elgar’s last six innings: 45, 52, 129, 55, 27, 124* #NZvSA
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“This game is a mental game and you need to use it in your favour. As things worked out, it’s one of those situations where you need to scrap it out and not think about yourself. You’ve got to think about the bigger picture and what the team need at that moment. It’s always a scrap out there. The newer ball seems to be key in getting wickets. The game ebbed and flowed quite a bit, but we know by the stats of the ground that’s the nature of the game here.”
Regarding Dean’s latest performance Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “It’s great to see that Dean is in such good form ahead of the new season. There’s no doubt that he is a quality batsman and Somerset supporters can certainly look forward to seeing him get some runs this year. Since his previous stint at Somerset he has gone on to become one of South Africa’s most important batsman at Test level and fully expect him to play a major role for us this summer.”
Dean signed as Somerset’s overseas player for 2017 after originally representing the County in 2013 and will be available for all formats.