JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Stand-in South African captain Dean Elgar said on Thursday he had given a "blunt message" to his players beforehand of the third and very last test towards Pakistan, starting on the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

"I spoke to the group the day gone by and that i instructed them that any complacency wishes to be ironed out," said Elgar, who is standing in for the suspended Faf du Plessis. Elgar said South Africa have been decided to finish a 3-0 clean sweep towards the travelers.


there is a private reason for Elgar to get a win as captain. His simplest preceding international captaincy changed into within the first test against England at Lord s in 2017 while Du Plessis flew domestic to be on the beginning of his first toddler.

South Africa had been crushed in that match and Elgar admitted that he located the enjoy "chaotic".

"It was the begin of a completely huge series with all the hype and media commitments, so I wasn t certainly able to revel in it," he said.

"This time we ve got the series inside the bag and even though it s still a massive intention to win 3-0 there is a little much less pressure. I m hoping to revel in this revel in."

Elgar said South Africa were in position to finish off fighters within the very last checks of preceding collection, appreciably in opposition to India remaining yr, but had let the opportunities slip.

South Africa will pass as much as 2nd place on the worldwide Cricket Council check rankings, which Elgar said he seemed as "a big possibility".

Elgar stated he become "pretty positive" establishing batting partner Aiden Markram would play after present process a health test on Thursday.

He also hinted that South Africa could again prefer to play 4 speedy bowlers on a pitch which has typically favoured them. "It looks an amazing wicket and with a bit of luck it's going to have tempo and soar."

If South Africa went the all-seam course, Elgar said he might be privy to the hassle of keeping up with the required over charge, following Du Plessis s ban for a second over-charge offence in three hundred and sixty five days. "i can ought to bowl some overs," he said of his left-arm spin, "and (off-spinner) Aiden (Markram) may additionally have to bowl a few overs too."

As an opening batsman, Elgar said he have been "mightily impressed" with Pakistan s speedy bowlers. "they come out with a few fire. While situations suit them, doubtlessly they're up there with the first-rate."

Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali said that despite the fact that his crew had been disenchanted to have lost the collection, they hoped to bring their "A game" to the Wanderers.

"every test healthy you play outside (the UAE) is crucial for us. With a bit of luck we can win this check in shape and it will likely be superb for us, particularly with the one-dayers coming up."

Pakistan play a series of 5 one-day internationals after the tests.

"Any tour of South Africa you analyze a lot," said Azhar. "it is usually tough. We tried to plan for it and instruction for it but alas it did not move to plan. However there are nonetheless some things we assume we've got accomplished. Most of the batsmen got caught in and showed they are able to play on those wickets."

in spite of being Pakistan s maximum skilled batsman, Azhar has had a terrible collection, with handiest forty four runs in four innings.

"entering this collection I had accurate self assurance and the way i was playing in nets and in the side (warm-up) recreation I felt excellent," he stated.

"lamentably I didn t perform however I nonetheless have one game to play and optimistically i'm able to convert that true touch inside the center."

Azhar said the Wanderers pitch seemed higher for batting than those for the primary exams. "It seems a higher tune. Sure, it has grass but in terms of cracks, I suppose they may widen an awful lot later than within the first two take a look at fits."