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Dean Elgar

South Africa|Opening Batter
Dean Elgar
INTL CAREER: 2012 - 2023
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Full Name

Dean Elgar

Born

June 11, 1987, Welkom, Orange Free State

Age

35y 240d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

Playing Role

Opening Batter

A gritty left-hand opener in the mould of Kepler Wessels, Gary Kirsten and Graeme Smith, Dean Elgar provided reliability to South Africa's batting line-up during a period of upheaval on and off the field.

He was averaging close to 60 in first-class cricket between 2010 and 2011, but he started his Test career, in South Africa's middle order, with a pair in Perth in November 2012. He bounced back two Tests later with an unbeaten 103 against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth. And once he moved up the order to open with Graeme Smith, Elgar made the role his own, gamely taking body blows, both physical and verbal, and shouldering much of the opening load after Smith retired.

His century in Galle in 2014, in which he relied on his powers of concentration to overcome his weakness against spin, was the first by a South Africa opener in Sri Lanka. From 2016 to 2021, he was the leading run-scorer among openers in Tests, making over 3000 runs at an average of 41, including 199 against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom, an unbeaten century against Australia in Cape Town (in a game that was overshadowed by the ball-tampering scandal), and an aggressive 160 in Visakhapatnam in an innings in which he took on the spin of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Elgar was appointed South Africa's Test captain in March 2021 after Quinton de Kock's brief stint as Faf du Plessis' replacement didn't work out. Racial tensions were bubbling over in South African cricket and the team had slipped low down the rankings. In his first year in charge, Elgar took them to series wins in the West Indies and at home against India, and a draw in New Zealand.

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test8214511502719937.511066747.12132263626850
ODI8711044217.3317758.75006040
FC237415301593426841.383190949.9345672049771950
List A17216525594013742.42734180.9174544788530
T20827717202888*33.801826111.0601114553350
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test82451036673154/224/5644.863.8969.0100
ODI84966721/111/1133.504.1848.0000
FC23713741752812564/225/14150.214.0474.5200
List A17210231092843574/374/3749.875.4854.5100
T208244627723294/234/2324.936.9121.6100
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Dean Elgar walks off after a horror series in Australia
Dean Elgar was caught down the leg side for the third time in the series
Dean Elgar edges past slip
Dean Elgar was bounced out by a snorter from Josh Hazlewood
Dean Elgar looks on
Dean Elgar sweats it out during a training session