SA lose first test

Proteas stand-in captain, Dean Elgar, says the squad will need to be a lot more ruthless with their basic disciplines in the 211-run loss to England in the first Test match at Lord’s on Sunday.

A dejected Elgar lamented the missed opportunities throughout the four days of cricket, which highlighted a below-par performance in the field.

He gave credit to the bowlers, who brought the team back into the match with a lethal performance with the ball on the fourth morning, taking the last nine-wicket for 114 runs to set up a difficult but achievable target of 331 for victory.

“There were small things that impacted the Test in a big way,” he admitted after the match.

South Africa’s Theunis de Bruyn (L) and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (C) celebrate the wicket of England’s Stuart Broad during the fourth day of the first Test match between England and South Africa at Lord’s Cricket Ground in central London. Photo: Olly Greenwood / AFP

“Various dropped catches, our non-negotiable no-balls, issues that we had throughout the Test. That would have made life easier as a captain and life easier as a squad. We need to take it on the chin and crack on, we have to be a lot more ruthless with regards to our disciplines.

“I thought it was game on,” he said of the feeling at lunch. “Massive credit has to go to our bowlers for implementing and keeping the game plan for as long as possible. We knew we had to get time out of this game with two days to go, it was going to be a tough feat for us. Going into lunch with them eight down I thought we had given ourselves an opportunity. That is why it is disappointing sitting here after things capitulated.”

Elgar says he has learnt a lot during his short stint as captain, and says it will be important to look ahead given the short turnaround until the start of the second Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday.

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