Dean Elgar expressed his disappointment over the Aiden Markram run-out incident.
Talking to SuperSport presenters at stumps on day two, the South African opener opened up about the mix-up which saw Markram run-out on 97, hindering the perfect opportunity for a ton on his debut.
Elgar was distraught about the situation, which was evident in his lack of celebration after reaching his century. Cameramen also caught him throwing his bat down in frustration as he walked into the pavilion at tea.
‘When I got my hundred I never celebrated much because I was still fuming at what had happened,’ said Elgar.
‘It was a bittersweet moment for me. It wasn’t about my personal gain; it was an opportunity for a young guy to get a Test hundred and it didn’t happen. I’m a senior player and I let a young guy down.’
The 30-year-old admitted that he would have done the same for Markram if the roles were reversed.
‘I don’t really want to to talk about the Markram incident, but I reckon if the shoe was on the other foot, I would have done exactly the same thing for Aiden,’ said Elgar.
‘He was obviously just looking for that one run for me; in the moment of the game there’s so much time, maybe this was just one of those moments when the game gets a little bit ahead of you, instead of just taking your time.’
Elgar was complimentary about Markram’s maturity, which included him attempting to take responsibility for the run-out.
‘Aiden came up to me and said it was his fault, but it’s definitely not his fault, it was a team-effort stuff-up, to be honest with you.’
‘I’m very disappointed for Aiden,’ he continued. ‘He played beautifully in his first innings and I would have loved to see him get a hundred in trying conditions. Irrespective of who you playing against, it’s still a Test debut for him and he really played with maturity.’
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