Dean Elgar
South African Test skipper Dean Elgar had asked the big players to play the Test matches instead of going to India for the cash-rich league.

Dean Elgar, who was recently appointed as the skipper of South Africa‘s Test team, says his “frustrated” side are fired up to perform during their two-match Test series against West Indies after being starved of test cricket for much of the past year.

The Proteas have played only four tests in the last 16 months, largely due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their opponents, West Indies, on the other hand, have played 9 Tests in that period.

“It’s been such an up and down time for all of us, as players we have been frustrated by having limited access to international cricket. We are excited and keen to get going,” Dean Elgar told the reporters on Saturday.

The 33-year-old is hoping to inspire a new era of success for a team that has slipped to number seven in the ICC test rankings, their joint-lowest rank ever, which he admits doesn’t look good for a side that has topped the standings a few times over the past decade.

“We need to play more cricket and better cricket, we are very conscious that over the last period we haven’t been consistent. Our skill level hasn’t been where it should be,” the southpaw stated.

“We want to compete and play in a final of a test championship, but I understand that there is a process that you have to follow. It is a challenging aspect to get players to believe in the process and adapt quickly.

“We must start to climb the rankings again. Where we are at the moment is not doing us a lot of favours and is not a good look for a lot of us,” said Elgar, who has played 67 Tests for South Africa since making his debut in 2012.

South Africa will move above West Indies in the rankings with a series win. Both games will be played at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium in St. Lucia, starting June 10. After that, both teams will play a five-match T20I series at National Cricket Stadium, Grenada.

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