• Elgar puts in the hard yards

    Dean Elgar is taking the coming cricket season very seriously by training non-stop, even though the domestic season ended months ago.

    Elgar has continued training since the Sunfoil Series finished at the end of March, although the South African opener has not touched his batting gear the past seven weeks, reports titans.co.za.

    The South African Test opener has spent six days a week in the gymnasium to retain his core fitness, and has also joined the off-season training team of the Titans under the supervision of Dickie Kruger.

    Elgar said he will only pick up his bat again in the middle of June.

    The left-handed opener had a good 2014/2015-season at both domestic and national level and will use his knowledge of the conditions in Bangladesh when South Africa tour there in July.

    The South Africa A-team toured Bangladesh in 2010 where Elgar averaged 23 with the bat in the unofficial Tests, but was more productive in the ODI series, averaging 54 and taking three wickets. His best haul was two for 39.

    Elgar was retained for the one-day squad of the SA A team in 2010 when Johan van der Wath was ruled out with an injury, and batted in the middle-order.

    Elgar said his approach in Bangladesh will be to attack the spinners.