Rabada is a large determine within the South African seam assault and his loss could be an enormous blow as he battles again from an ankle downside sustained within the Twenty20 Worldwide collection between the edges late final month.
“I think he’s very close to being fully fit for this Test. He’s had a really good few days, so it’s looking pretty good for us,” Elgar advised reporters on Tuesday, including they’d but to finalise their batting line-up both.
The main query is who will change injured middle-order batter Temba Bavuma within the prime 5, with the latter having been certainly one of South Africa’s most constant performers during the last 12 months.
Sarel Erwee will doubtless open with Elgar and Keegan Petersen at quantity three, with the skilled duo of Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen tipped to take the 2 remaining prime 5 locations forward of Ryan Rickelton and Khaya Zondo.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Kyle Verreynne will slot in at six, permitting the vacationers to play an all-rounder who will bat at seven.
“I think purely because we’ve lost that experience factor (of Bavuma) we are more inclined on going with the experience we have within our batters,” Elgar mentioned.
“It is up to the coach and the selectors, but from my side I would learn more to have the experience.”
South Africa sit on prime of the ICC World Check Championship desk however with collection to come back in England and Australia, have a tricky process staying there. Elgar is assured they’ll.
“I didn’t take this job (of captain) thinking we were just going to be mid-table. It’s always been my goal and my ambition (to be the top Test team in the world),” he mentioned.
“I have experienced us being world number one twice and I know that feeling, but I know there’s a journey and hard work to get there.
“I would like the younger guys to expertise that and I nonetheless need to expertise that once more earlier than I flip the chapter (and retire).”