Dean Elgar

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Dean Elgar
Personal information
Full nameDean Elgar
Born (1987-06-11) 11 June 1987 (age 34)
Welkom, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 315)30 November 2012 v Australia
Last Test10 June 2021 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 104)24 August 2012 v England
Last ODI3 October 2018 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.64
Domestic team information
2005/06–2011/12Free State
2007/08–2013/14Knights (squad no. 64)
2013Somerset (squad no. 64)
2014/15–presentTitans (squad no. 64)
2015Surrey (squad no. 64)
2017Somerset (squad no. 64)
2018–2019Surrey (squad no. 64)
2018Tshwane Spartans
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 68 8 216 170
Runs scored 4,260 104 14,796 5,916
Batting average 39.44 17.33 42.27 42.86
100s/50s 13/16 0/0 43/60 7/45
Top score 199 42 268 137
Balls bowled 1,030 96 4,169 3,109
Wickets 15 2 56 57
Bowling average 44.33 33.50 50.07 49.87
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/22 1/11 4/22 4/37
Catches/stumpings 71/– 4/– 175/– 52/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 June 2021

Dean Elgar (born 11 June 1987) is a South African cricketer who plays Tests and ODIs, and is the current Test captain. He is a left-handed opening batsman and a slow-left arm bowler.

Elgar captained the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2006. He now plays for the Northerns cricket team and Titans cricket team in the major South African cricket competitions. He was included in the Northerns team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.[1] On 23 March 2018, he became the second batsman after Desmond Haynes to carry his bat through an innings on three occasions in Test cricket history.[2][3]

In March 2021, Cricket South Africa announced that Elgar had been appointed as South Africa's Test captain,[4] taking over the role from Quinton de Kock.[5]

International career[edit]

Debut years[edit]

Elgar was selected for the Sri Lankan ODI series in early 2012 but had to withdraw citing injury. He eventually made his ODI debut against England in an rain-abandoned match, but found success in his second match, scoring 15 in his maiden innings before being bowled by Graeme Swann. Bowling his left-arm spin, Elgar had Craig Kieswetter caught out off only his third delivery in ODI Cricket. In the field, Elgar took an incredible catch of Jonathan Trott then caught Eoin Morgan out in a South African victory.

Elgar made his test debut against Australia on 30 November 2012 and scored a duck in his maiden test innings. He followed this with another duck in the second innings to complete a pair of ducks on debut. On 12 January 2013, Elgar scored his maiden test century against New Zealand. The retirement of Graeme Smith created a regular opportunity for Elgar in his specialist position at the top of the order in Test cricket.

Elgar made 103, against Sri Lanka on 16 July 2014, and followed up with 121 against West Indies at St George's Oval, a ground where he scored almost half of his career international test runs, and recorded the most fifties.

Record opener[edit]

On 28 December 2015, Elgar became the first South African opener to carry his bat in a Test innings since Gary Kirsten in 1997, when he finished 118 not out against England.[6]

On 5 November 2016, Elgar scored 127 during the first Test against Australia at Perth.[7] The partnership of 250 by himself and JP Duminy in the match was recorded as South Africa's highest partnership in Perth, the third highest overall in Perth, and their second highest against Australia.[8][9]

On 11 March 2017, against New Zealand he became the first South African opener to face 200 or more balls in both innings of a Test.[10]

On 27 January 2018, against India he became the first South African to carry his bat twice in Tests since 1992.[11]

On 23 March, 2018, he carried the bat for the third time in his test career scoring an unbeaten 141 against Australia when South Africa was bowled out for 311 in the first innings of the 3rd test, equalling the record with Desmond Haynes of West Indies. With this achievement, he also became the only batsman to carry his bat in an innings of a test match twice in a single calendar year.[12][13]


Elgar stood in for regular Test captain Faf du Plessis when he missed the first Test against England in 2017, following the birth of his first child.[14] In January 2019, during Pakistan series, South Africa's captain Faf du Plessis was penalised for a slow over-rate in the second Test and was suspended for the third and final Test of the series.[15] Elgar was named as the stand-in captain for the third Test.[16]

Domestic and franchise cricket[edit]

In September 2019, he was named in the squad for the Tshwane Spartans team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament.[17] In April 2021, he was named in Northerns' squad, ahead of the 2021–22 cricket season in South Africa.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Northerns Squad / Players – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Elgar joins Haynes in carrying-the-bat honours board". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Natalie Sciver talks up the importance of bowling evolution - Cricbuzz". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Bavuma and Elgar to captain the Proteas". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  5. ^ "South Africa name Dean Elgar Test captain and Temba Bavuma ODI and T20I captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Elgar carries bat but Moeen spins England to lead". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 28 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Elgar's best, Duminy's second-best". ESPNcricinfo. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Duminy, Elgar tons set Australia huge target". ESPNcricinfo. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Twin centuries cap memorable return". ESPNcricinfo. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Lowest scoring rate in 19 years". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  11. ^ "A first in Test history: 120 wickets up for grabs, 120 wickets taken". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Australia v South Africa 3rd Test 22-26 March, 2018". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Dean Elgar sets batting world record for South Africa - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Du Plessis misses Lord's; Elgar captains". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Faf du Plessis suspended for one Test due to second over-rate offence". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  16. ^ "CONFIRMED: Elgar to captain Proteas at Wanderers". Sport24. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  17. ^ "MSL 2.0 announces its T20 squads". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  18. ^ "CSA reveals Division One squads for 2021/22". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 20 April 2021.

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