With his South African face and his steady South African batting. He also bowls left-arm orthodox in a way that indicates he might believe Roelof Van Der Merwe to be the finest ever exponent of the art.
Dean carried his bat today. Well played Dean. We should probably have more to say on the matter, but we don’t.
If there was a moment when Elgar renounced unremarkable stolidity, it was when he dropped Nick Compton later in the day. The general vibe we got after writing about Compton earlier in the match was ‘England could do better than him’ – but on the evidence of recent times, they can’t.
With Stuart Broad on form, Steven Finn currently the spiky and effective version of himself and Bowling Ali giving the sense of having returned to the side after being briefly replaced by some ineffective opener or other, England have a good bowling attack. In the absence of any obviously viable alternative, dull functional batting might well be the potatoes that will bulk up the England meal for the foreseeable future.