Elgar happy with South Africa’s response after ‘hard chats’ |  Cricket News

Elgar happy with South Africa’s response after ‘hard chats’ | Cricket News

CAPE TOWN: South African captain Dean Elgar admits he had to show some tough love to his players, which he says was the cause of their turnaround in fortunes as they took a seven-wicket win over India in Newlands on Friday to win the series 2 -1 to claim .
The home side were well beaten by 113 runs in the first Test in Pretoria, but, against the odds with their young squad, recovered to beat the number one ranked team in the world at both Johannesburg and Cape Town.

“We have a young, talented group,” Elgar told reporters. “The experience isn’t there, but we’re building it up and getting better every day.
“It was surreal to see a group that doesn’t have the ‘names’ could come together and play as one. This is a good unit. It was a good team win.”
Elgar admits he hasn’t been hit after the loss in Pretoria and says there have been spirited conversations within the group.

“Ultimately, if you want to operate at a high level of performance, you have to have firm, hard chats. If guys don’t like it, it’s up to them to deal with it,” he said.
“I’m a bit of an old-fashioned mentality with a new school twist, but I’ve given some older players some good challenges to get up and respond. It was great to see the guys take over the message.
“If you want to be number one in the world in the future, you have to compete and beat the best.”

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In Photos: Petersen shines as South African seal series win against India

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Keegan Petersen scored a fantastic 82 as South Africa took a seven-wicket victory in the Third Test and a 2-1 win over world number one India on a hateful pitch in Newlands after they scored their challenging goal of 212 on Friday haunted. (Reuters photo)

South Africa, which won their previous series in the West Indies in June, will play Test cricket next month on a two-match tour of New Zealand.
“We’re definitely not the finished article,” Elgar said. “But I’m already thinking about the next series, something that I have to try and master and master, because I’m going to burn my brain.
“There are a lot of positives in that series, but also a lot of negatives that we have to hit on the head.”

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