Dean Elgar, the captain of South Africa, gave his support to his colleague Keegan Petersen, who will have to fill the position of Faf du Plessis, who has decided to retire. Elgar believes that Petersen can show that he deserved to be in Plessis' place and that his knowledge can be of great importance to the team.
"There's a lot of room for him to make an impact in our batting line-up," Elgar told an online press conference on Saturday, as quoted by cricbuzz "He's a seasoned campaigner, he's got good energy and a good attitude, and he brings a different dynamic to our line-up."
There seems to be tremendous cohesion and respect in the team, as Petersen's statement about Elgar says: "He's not going to change, no matter what happens; whether or not he's the captain. It's a good trait.
To me he's not captain Dean. He's just Dean." South Africa will have a chance to improve its form in St. Lucia where they will play two test matches from June 10 to 22 "I'm from Paarl but I found myself in Bloemfontein for a few years, and I've ended up in Durban - I've gone from coast to coast," Petersen said.
"For me to get a go in the side would mean a lot because I know where I come from. It's been a tough and long journey. I can't go into it a lot because we'll still be sitting here tomorrow."
Petersen is excited
Petersen is extremely excited and he is aware of the opportunity he will have "I've been nervous for a while.
It gives me goosebumps just to think about it now. I know I will have big boots to fill. Anyone would be nervous because this is what we dream of as a kid." "When the dream becomes reality it gives your system a shock: you're finally here.
If I get the chance I'll be extremely excited to represent my country and to play with a good bunch of blokes." As it has already been said, there is really big respect and cohesion in the team, which is further evidenced by his statements "The one thing this group has made me feel is welcome.
Guys who have played one Test or 50 Tests, you don't see or feel a difference." He says this is a great blessing for him and his family "I think it means the world to my family, me just being here," he said.
"My mom will see this and probably start crying. We're a very close family - my pride is their pride, my tears are their tears. They're going to be there with me."