South Africa's Dean Elgar. ©REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa opener Dean Elgar believes that they can bounce back in the third and final Test against India despite losing the series by 2-0. India beat South Africa in the past two Tests and now they are eyeing to whitewash the Proteas in the final Test on Saturday in Ranchi.

Dean Elgar acknowledged that they haven’t been playing good cricket so far both with bat and ball, buthe shared that the hope is still high in the camp.

“Ja, it’s no secret that it’s been a challenging tour for us and we haven’t played the most consistent cricket but we’re trying to keep positive,” Elgar said on Thursday. “It’s not doom and gloom for us, we’re still upbeat, the morale in the camp is still pretty good. We still have one game where we can change quite a lot within the ranks of South African cricket.”

South Africa's Elgar is congratulated by his teammates after he took the wicket of India's Dhawan as Vijay watches on the first day of their third test cricket match in Nagpur
South Africa’s Dean Elgar (C) is congratulated by his teammates ©REUTERS/Amit Dave

Dean Elgar further shares that there will be more games to play for with the ongoing ICC World Test Championship.

“Back in the day, there was always a dead-rubber game but with the World Test Championship around we still have points to play for,” he said. “We can still get 40 points by following the processes against India and hopefully getting a win… There’s still a lot to play for.”

South Africa are currently on 0 points on the ICC World Test Championship table, while India have earned 80 points in the Proteas’ three-match Test series so far. India have already 200 points in the table after their 2-0 series win in the West Indies earlier this year.

The third and final Test will begin on Saturday at Ranchi.