South Africa were outplayed in all departments as the Baggy Greens secured a 2-0 series win after skittling the visitors out for 204 at the MCG. Once again, the batting performance left a lot to be desired, with the second innings featuring two run-outs and a number of soft dismissals. In fact, it took a cameo knock of 19 from tailender Lungi Ngidi to avoid the Proteas being dismissed for under 200 for the eighth consecutive Test innings. Speaking in the post-match interview on the field, Elgar pointed to the lack of experience in the batting line-up. "Not easy at the moment, was a bit of a hammering that," admitted a dejected Elgar, who's scored 31 runs across his four innings on tour. "We have to come up to speed to the intensity Test cricket deserves. We were good in periods, but it is not a lot. The inexperience is hitting us hard. We have lost a lot of batters in the last few years. There are opportunities for guys to make their spots their own, but the inexperience is hurting us." Looking ahead to the third and final Test in Sydney, starting 4 January, Elgar insists there is still pride to play for. "Lot to play for, lot to ride on," he continued. "2-1 sounds better than 3-0. We have not been up to speed and have to move on pretty quickly."
While Elgar and his charges may be fueled by pride in the final Test, they should be wearyof an Australian outfit that have plenty more on the line in Sydney. They must win the match in order to stay in contention for the World Test Championship final.
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