WATCH: Is Dean Elgar possibly the next AB?

Dean Elgar. Photo: Getty Images.

Dean Elgar. Photo: Getty Images.

Well, not in terms of talent but certainly with regards to his role at next year’s World Cup…

As the Proteas ponder who’ll take AB de Villiers’ spot in the batting order, especially in one-day cricket, the focus has very much been on which younger player could take the position by the scruff of the neck.

Yet national coach Ottis Gibson has raised the intriguing possibility of a familiar face fulfilling that potential role.

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Dean Elgar has never made a secret of the fact that he wants to play white-ball cricket for the South Africa despite only being considered a Test opener currently.

The gritty left-hander has been in excellent form for his county Surrey to date in England’s domestic limited overs competition, cashing in with scores of 91, 50 and 87 in his last three innings.

To be honest, there’s actually little argument to pigeonhole the 30-year-old – he averages over 42 in all 50-over cricket and has a good strike rate of 80.

“He’s not out of the picture,” said Gibson.

“I guess we haven’t looked at Dean since I’ve been appointed and it’s gone on before that too. I would definitely think AB’s departure makes him part of the conversation again.”

Elgar enjoyed a profitable stint with another county, Somerset, last year, which illustrates that he’s comfortable in English conditions.

And that potentially strengthens his case for World Cup consideration next year as the showpiece is being held in the UK.

“When it comes to picking the team for the World Cup, we’ll go and select players that we think can perform effectively in the conditions we’ll face in England,” said Gibson.

“Dean playing country cricket puts himself in the picture. When you look at his record playing there, he’s done really well.”




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