Elgar takes a shot at Australia

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Dean Elgar: “I don’t think it’s going to last very long”

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South Africa opener Dean Elgar believes that Australia won’t adhere to the “docile” attitude they have put on display in the fourth Test in Johannesburg going forward.

Australia have toned down their aggression in the final Test of the series since the team’s reputation and image has been tarnished in the aftermath of the ball tampering scandal.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all indicted in the incident, which occurred on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

As a result, Warner and Steve Smith were banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Smith won’t be allowed to captain Australia for two years, while Warner won’t be considered for leadership roles in the future.

When asked about Australia’s new approach to the game, Elgar was quoted by Sport24 as saying: “It’s odd. I’ve played quite a few Tests against Australia and it’s definitely been the most docile … I don’t think it’s going to last very long.

“I think you need to have a tenacious approach in Test cricket. Nice guys come second, that’s my saying. You’ve got to have an element of proper fight, and sooner or later if your bowlers are clocking massive overs and biting their tongue, they will unleash something

“There are a lot of frustrations over the course of five days. It’s only human nature for guys to potentially say words to each other, but that’s fine as long as it’s not personal and it just has a competitive edge, I am ok with that.”

Elgar was also hesitant to say whether he preferred Australia’s aggressive and unrelenting mindset and approach in the first three Tests.

“It’s never nice being called nasty things on the field, but I don’t mind that,” he said. “It gets me going, so I will use that to my advantage. We are playing Test cricket and we have a massive goal as our team.

“You need to put personal things aside and focus on what your team needs. We’ve been quite hard on that goal, and hopefully we will achieve it tomorrow. It’s not about me, it’s always about the side.”

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