Dean Elgar has described the opportunity to lead the Standard Bank Proteas in the first Test match against England starting at Lord’s on Thursday as the proudest moment of his career. While the occasion of captaining at one of the most celebrated cricket grounds in the world can be overwhelming, Elgar says he will be treating the match like any other match as they look for a positive start in the four-match series. Elgar is often described as a tough and resilient cricketer on the field, and these are some of the attributes he hopes will shine through in his captaincy. He heads into the series on the back of a prolific run-scoring stint for Somerset County Cricket Club, where he finished as the leading batsman for the club in the four-day County Championship and the Royal London One-day cup. He scored 517 runs at an average of 47 in the four-day matches, an experience he believes has given him the best preparation heading into the series.

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