Dean Elgar’s Retirement Linked to the Absence of Cricket – Shukri Conrad’s Analysis

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Dean Elgar’s choice to retire from Test cricket was the result of detailed talks with red-ball coach Shukri Conrad, who praised Elgar after taking over as captain. It was not explicitly stated why Elgar decided to end his international career after the New Year’s Test against India, but it is understood that Elgar was not included in Conrad’s longer-term plans for a lack of Test opportunities. However, Conrad emphasized that the calendar change was only partly responsible for Elgar’s decision.

South Africa have played only two Tests in 2023 but will play 10 in 2024. Elgar will have the opportunity to continue but decided to retire at home. Conrad said the team hopes to give him “the perfect send-off,” recognizing how he has symbolized the South African way.

The decision of young players to replace Elgar’s generation, who was renowned for being intimidating and aggressive, isn’t indicative of a loss of those traits. Conrad maintains that those characteristics will continue to be an essential part of the South African cricket team. He insists that the team will keep emphasizing what it means to be South African. Both players Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada are available for the starting XI.

South Africa will hold a full training session on Sunday and optional nets on Christmas Day before the series starts on Tuesday.

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