South Africa’s Test captain Elgar scored his first century in exactly a year, scoring 137 for the Titans against the Knights. His last century came in November 2021, when he scored 117 against Western Province. Elgar’s next best score after that is an unbeaten 96 against India at Wanderers.
In the same match, Klaasen, who was recalled to the Test squad in place of Ryan Rickelton (who had an ankle injury that ruled him out of national selection but is playing in this round of domestic matches), , scored a career-best 292 runs. 240 balls
Klaasen has only played one Test for South Africa on the 2019 tour of India, where he scored 11 runs, but has been part of their white-ball teams ever since.
South Africa’s Test vice-captain Temba Baoma is also part of the Lions squad but is not required to play the four-day match before the trip to Australia along with Kagiso Rabada. Bauma, who has suffered a torrid run on the white ball and is mulling over his future as T20I captain, has been given a break while Rabada, despite a poor T20 World Cup, continues to carry the workload. .
Lungi Ngidi, Enrich Nortje, Marco Johnson and Keshav Maharaj, who is recovering from a groin injury, will play in next week’s round of matches while Gerald Coetzee, Glenton Sturman and Simon Harmer have played both fixtures so far.
Coetzee bowled Elgar in the early stages of his innings at SuperSport Park and finished wicketless for 22 overs, conceding 147 runs. He took 1 for 16 in last week’s draw against the Dragons.