Dean Elgar: CSA’s contract snub was motivation behind impressive opening knock
Elgar says, CSA's decision not to renew his contract fuelled him to perform against Australia.
Dean Elgar scored 83 runs to rescue South Africa from a precarious position on Day one © Getty Images
Feb 21, 2014
South Africa’s Dean Elgar stated that the he was motivated by Cricket South Africa‘s (CSA) decision not to renew his contract just before the start of second Test. Elgar opened the batting along with skipper Graeme Smith and scored an impressive 83 against the hostile pace bowling from Australia. Elgar had replaced Smith’s regular opening partner Alviro Petersen.
“Obviously, it’s disappointing news before a big Test. I’d probably say it was an added motivation to try, maybe not prove to people, but show them that they’ve made an incorrect choice,” he was quoted as saying by Sport24.com.
About opening the batting for South Africa, Elgar said that he is comfortable batting at the top. “I’m more at home opening the batting, I’ve done it for 90-odd first-class games. I don’t think I’ve batted anywhere else to be honest. Hopefully that’s a little extra motivation in the right direction.”