• Elgar rues ‘brain fart’ against Bess

    Proteas opening batman Dean Elgar talks to the media after day two of the second Test against England at Newlands in Cape Town.

    The hosts moved to 216-8 in response to the tourists’ 269 all out on Saturday. Elgar struck 88 before falling to spinner Dom Bess.

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    ‘I thought I played Bess very well but then I had a brain fart, a big one, and I’m back in the changeroom. I was just trying to be as patient as possible against him, maybe hit him to long-on when he overpitched. So it was disappointing, having fought so hard to then let it slip. Maybe I just chose the wrong ball because a few overs before I hit him for four and everyone would have said that was a great shot,’ said Elgar.

    ‘So that was not part of the plan, we wanted to wear them out, we knew they would have serious yards in their legs if we could get them to come back and bowl a lot on Sunday. It’s not right to play shots like that, as a senior batsman you shouldn’t be putting the other batsmen under pressure. But I’m only human and I do make mistakes. I will take it on the chin, not hide away from it.’

    South Africa lead the four-match series after victory in the first Test in Centurion.

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