Sport / Cricket

Heinz Schenk
2 minute read
25 Sep 2018
1:25 pm

Elgar finally has a chance to realise his white-ball dream

Heinz Schenk

The Proteas Test opener has become annoyed that he's pigeonholed as a more-day player, but the ODI series against Zimbabwe could change that perception.

Dean Elgar. Photo: Getty Images.

Dean Elgar’s dream to prove himself as a one-day player too received a boost on Tuesday after he was included in the Proteas’ ODI squad for the series against Zimbabwe.

South Africa’s Test opener owes his late selection to the finger injury sustained by Hashim Amla.

The gritty left-hander has never made it a secret that he’s very keen on playing white-ball cricket and, in all fairness, his pigeonholing at international level is rather strange.

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Elgar has only played six ODIs in seven years but boasts a very good record in List A cricket, where he averages over 42 at a strike rate of just under 80.

In June, he made his frustrations known.

“I have a lot of experience in limited-overs cricket even though a lot of people write me off when it comes to the white ball. I’m sick and tired of it and I don’t like to have to keep proving myself in limited-overs cricket. I just need clarity on where we are going,” Elgar said at the time.

Finally, the national selectors have provided that clarity – even if it took Amla and Faf du Plessis’, who also hasn’t recovered from a shoulder injury, respective absences.

“We have said that the Zimbabwe series is an opportunity to further explore our ODI options and the unfortunate injury to Hashim gives us an opportunity to see what Dean is capable of in the limited-overs format,” said Linda Zondi, the national convener of selectors.

“He has always been on our radar having put in consistent performances both in South Africa and the UK, and brings a wealth of valuable experience to the batting group in Hashim and Faf’s absence.”

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