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WI vs SA 2021 – Dean Elgar banks on ‘we guy’ captaincy mantra to lift South Africa to greater Test heights

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“I am a small guy in stature but a big guy when it comes to standing up and being the representer”

There are two ways to lead a team, according to South Africa’s new Test captain Dean Elgar: “You can take it to your head or you can take it to your heart.”

And he has decided on the latter. “I like to think I have taken it to my heart,” he said. “I am not a ‘me’ guy; I am a ‘we’ guy. For me, it’s about the team.”

The two-match away-from-home Test series against West Indies was Elgar’s first series as captain and he said he already feels like he is natural fit.

“It’s something I’ve always thought I have been born with. I have always been a leader, at school, club cricket through franchise cricket. I always like to think I’ve led from the front,” he said. “I am a small guy in stature but a big guy when it comes to standing up and being the representer. It’s a massive honour. I don’t shy away from that responsibility, and I don’t shy away from saying that.”

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