Dean Elgar says South Africa head coach Mark Boucher is hungry to share his knowledge with players

Before it ended, 2019 provided a silver lining to South Africa, when they were beaten badly by India just a few months earlier, and have now found the momentum back and have England by 107 runs in the first Test at Centurion, something that not many would have expected.

2019 was the kind of year that South Africa would not like to remember for a long time. They crashed out at the league stage in the World Cup in June, and the Test victory would be the balm to the pain of the fans. The hosts will now take on England in the second Test, which begins on Friday at Cape Town.

“It was an important win for us. We haven’t really had the greatest ‘Test year.’ There were a few tough games that we played in the build-up to this series, so that was a good ‘character build-up’ for the boys. Obviously, the hangover is still there. Hopefully, we can build on it” Dean Elgar told the Times of India.

The Test match win also helped South Africa get their first point in the world Test championship. Elgar said that there is no room for comparing South Africa with the leaders on the points table because the gap is a bit too much.

South Africa’s cricket team head coach Mark Boucher looks on during a team training session at the Supersport Park Cricket Stadium in Centurion, on December 20, 2019, ahead of a four match Test series against England starting on December 26. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP) (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are actually so far behind from the leaders at the moment that we shouldn’t be worried about that. We should ultimately start focusing a little bit more on our team dynamics and what it means to still play for the side and hopefully, the wins will look after themselves. We would try to look after cricket so that cricket can ultimately look after us!” he said.

A revamp in South Africa’s support staff too has played a part in the Test series win. Head coach Mark Boucher, ” Elgar says, is hungry to help the team,

He has played international cricket for 13-15 years and with that comes a lot of knowledge, and it
seems as if he is really hungry to pass on that knowledge down to the younger players.”