Elgar wins toss in last Test, bats first

Henry

Dean Elgar is playing his 86th and final Test at the iconic Newlands cricket ground in Cape Town and the hard-bearded opening batsman has just won the toss and decided to bat first against the visiting Indians.

He will start the South African innings alongside Aiden Markram, while Tristan Stubbs will make his Test debut for the Proteas.

The 23-year-old Oos-Kapenaar plays in place of the injured Temba Bavuma and according to the official team list, he will bat fourth.

The home team will also rely heavily on the bats of Tony de Zorzi and David Bedingham to score runs – both players are currently maintaining a good level of play and they have scored runs against the Indian bowling attack in previous innings.

Then Lungi Ngidi replaces the injured Gerald Coetzee, with Keshav Maharaj the only spinner in the Protea eleven.

In contrast, India made two changes to its team: Ravindra Jadeja replaces Ravichandran Ashwin, while Mukesh Kumar replaces Shardul Thakur.

India have never been able to win a Test series in South Africa and after six attempts they are also winless at Newlands.

Elgar, who has never represented South Africa in an international one-day cricket knockout tournament, said that this series is his World Cup.

Hopefully the Proteas can now tie the knot. For each other. And for Elgar.

  • Teams

South Africa: Dean Elgar (captain), Aiden Markram, Tony de Zorzi, Tristan Stubbs, David Bedingham, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Nandre Burger and Lungi Ngidi.

In the: Yasasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Kirshna and Mukesh Kumar.