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In just his second Test, Verryenne was grateful to have Dean Elgar alongside him when South Africa were in early trouble

“Stay boring,” was the advice Dean Elgar gave to Kyle Verreynne as the pair navigated a disciplined West Indies attack in seamer-friendly conditions on the opening day in St Lucia.

Playing in just his second Test match, Verryenne found himself at the crease with South Africa 37 for 3, the ball swinging and the home attack on the hunt. He joined his captain Elgar, who had battled through 52 balls for 16 runs, playing and missing aplenty, and was instructed to buckle up and stay put.

“[He told me] with the conditions being difficult, you don’t want to focus too much on scoring runs; it’s all about spending time in the middle.” Verreynne said. “The messages from him were about reminding me to stay patient, stick to the processes, remember the chats we had in the week, don’t do anything different, stay boring and spend time out in the middle.”

It took Verreynne 13 balls to score his first run and 24 before his first boundary. By the time he got to 10, he had faced 55 balls. Things became a little easier as the afternoon wore on, and his next 17 runs came in 33 balls, but it was still tough going.

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