Proteas captain Dean Elgar and outgoing head coach Mark Boucher each conceded that the dearth of expertise performed a significant position in South Africa’s 1-2 Test collection defeat to England. The hosts sealed an emphatic 9-wicket victory within the third Test to finish a wonderful come-from-behind triumph on the Kia Oval on Monday. South Africa had comfortably gained the primary Test by an innings and 12 runs final month, with the house aspect hitting again with a good-looking win within the second Test which they claimed by an innings and 85 runs in Manchester.
They have been on prime for a lot of the decisive Test too – conflict that was successfully a 3-day match after day one was washed out and day two suspended following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II – dismissing the Proteas for poor scores of 118 and 169.
“I think lack of experience and lack of exposure to Test cricket (played a part),” Elgar stated afterwards.
“The lack of exposure to UK conditions with the ball swinging and nipping. We were also exposed to the type of batting conditions in this Test especially where the ball was nipping quite a lot.
“It was up there with among the hardest situations I’ve confronted and I’ve a comparatively respectable quantity of expertise. So I can solely think about how a man who solely has one or two Test beneath his belt should really feel. It was powerful throughout.” The South Africans faced just 92.4 overs in the third Test after, with skipper Elgar’s 36 their highest score of the match. In the series overall, Marco Jansen, one of the few shining lights for the tourists, averaged the highest with the bat – 27.33 – outshining all the specialists in the team.
Coach Boucher admitted it was not a good series for the batters.
“We at all times knew we’d be beneath strain if the situations went round a bit,” he explained.
“I believe in South Africa the situations aren’t the identical. The ball does not swing, the contact factors are somewhat bit completely different. I do know there’s discuss of expertise and that, however these batters which might be right here have persistently been one of the best batters in our nation.
“If you have a look at the last top seven batters that came to England and won the last series, I think between them there were 470 odd Test matches, that’s between the top seven. In this series, 10 of the batters used to bat in the top seven, they’re on 170.
“So there’s a massive distinction and the one means you get expertise is by going on the market and taking part in. We’ve again guys to play in fairly just a few Test matches, in situations the place the ball went round a bit, however they have not come off and that is unlucky.” The result of the England series leaves the Proteas in second place on the ICC World Test Championship table. The team will now break before reassembling later in the year ahead of their three-Test tour to Australia.
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