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Dean Elgar
Personal information
Full name Dean Elgar
Born (1987-06-11) 11 June 1987 (age 31)
Welkom, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
Nickname Deano
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Batsman
International information
National side
  • South Africa (2012–present)
Test debut (cap 315) 30 November 2012 v Australia
Last Test 20 July 2018 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 104) 24 August 2012 v England
Last ODI 25 October 2015 v India
ODI shirt no. 64
Domestic team information
2006–2012 Free State
2007–2014 Knights (squad no. 64)
2013 Somerset (squad no. 64)
2014–present Titans (squad no. 64)
2015 Surrey (squad no. 64)
2017 Somerset (squad no. 64)
2018–present Surrey (squad no. 64)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 49 6 172 143
Runs scored 3,194 98 12,279 4,904
Batting average 42.58 24.50 44.65 42.27
100s/50s 11/12 0/0 37/45 5/37
Top score 199 42 268 131*
Balls bowled 947 92 3,870 2,705
Wickets 14 2 51 51
Bowling average 42.71 33.50 51.29 48.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/22 1/11 4/22 3/43
Catches/stumpings 51/– 3/– 138/– 45/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 20 July 2018

Dean Elgar (born 11 June 1987) is a South African cricketer, who plays Tests and ODIs, and a former Test captain. He is a left-handed opening batsman and a useful 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 right through the innings on 3 occasions in Test cricket history.[2][3]


  • 1 International career
    • 1.1 Debut years
    • 1.2 Record opener
    • 1.3 Captaincy
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

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.[4]

On 5 November 2016, Elgar scored 127 during the first Test against Australia at Perth.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

On 27 January 2018, against India he became the first South African to carry his bat twice in Tests since 1992.[9]

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.[10][11]


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.[12]

See also[edit]

  • List of cricketers who have carried the bat in international cricket