The home side lost the first Test at Pretoria by 113 runs, but bounced back against Johannesburg and their young team’s expectations to win both. Cape Town Against the world number one ranked team.
“We have a young, talented group,” Elgar told reporters. “Experience is not there, but we are getting it and getting better every day.
“It was unrealistic to see how a team that doesn’t have a ‘name’ could play together. This is a decent unit. It was a decent team win.”
Elgar admits he did not punch after losing in Pretoria and says there were some tough conversations within the group.
“Ultimately if you want to work at a high-performance level you need to chat hard, hard. If the boys don’t like it, it’s up to them to deal with it,” he said.
“I have a bit of an old school mentality with the new school curve, but I did put up some decent challenges for some senior players to stand up and respond. It was brilliant to see the boys take the message across the board.
“If you want to be number one in the world in the future, you have to compete and beat the best.”
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Keegan Peters scored a superb 82 as South Africa won the third Test by seven wickets on Friday and chased down their challenging 212-run target on Friday to win the series 2-1 against world number one India on a desperate Newlands pitch. (Reuters photo)
South Africa, who had won their previous series West Indies In June, they will play the next Test when they travel to New Zealand for two matches next month.
“We’re not ready article by any means,” Elgar said. “But I’m already thinking about the next series, which is something I need to try and manage and control, because I’m going to burn my brain.
“There are a lot of positives in that series, but there are also a lot of negative things we need to hit on the head.”