Dean Elgar. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
The Proteas, to the frustration of their supporters, wasted little time going from heroes to zeroes in subsiding to 151 all out on the opening day of the second Test against England on Thursday at Old Trafford.
Naturally, South Africa’s stark change in fortunes following their innings and 13 runs victory last week at Lord’s set social media ablaze, specifically because of a hotly debated decision by Dean Elgar to bat first after winning the toss.
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The selection of a second spinner in Simon Harmer at the expense of Marco Jansen looked sound enough given the expectation of a dry, bouncy surface, with observers noting the strapping off-spinner could become a threat with his bounce.
Yet while the Proteas would’ve enjoyed Harmer and Keshav Maharaj bowling in tandem in the last innings, it became abundantly clear that Elgar’s investment in the plan perhaps clouded the more obvious option to simply follow the recipe from Lord’s.
Needless to say, Twitter users were quick to point out how badly things backfired.
#ENGvSA SA made a blunder on chosing to bowl after winning the test after a comfortable win in the last test. Considering the major takeaway for SA in the last match was the sheer pace bowling , they should have chosen to bowl irrespective of the conditions.#SAcollapse
— thefifthgradecricketer (@magesh_152196) August 25, 2022
But some users could find some amusing and mitigating to say…
I hope people do not point to selection of Harmer over Jansen as the reason a 1st innings failure. Batting 1st is also not the reason – we should be good enough for toss to be irrelevant. Our middle order was given a test & they failed. Time to consider changes #ENGvSA #sscricket
— Kelly R (@KelRo736) August 25, 2022
And, of course, the English could celebrate this….
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