Elgar excited by Australia series

28 February 2018 07:20:16 EST

Proteas opening batsman Dean Elgar says the last Test series between South Africa and Australia brings back fond memories.

Left-hander Elgar, speaking ahead of the first Test in Durban between the countries currently ranked second and third respectively, was referring to the away success in the winter of 2016-17.

It's always a good battle against them, whether you are playing at home or away.

Dean Elgar

"Our previous encounter is a fond memory for us," Elgar said, of the 2-1 success. "Having the ability to beat them in Australia is an encouraging factor, knowing that the last time we played against each other we had the upper hand.

"It is a new series, it is a blank piece of paper starting on Thursday, anything can happen. Both Test sides have had very good records in the last year or two which is exciting and it will be promising for both sides going into the series."

A series win for Faf du Plessis' team will ensure they finish second on the ICC Test rankings table at the annual cut-off in April, however, they have never defeated the Australians on home soil before.

"It's always a good battle against them, whether you are playing at home or away, it's always a great contest. We are looking forward to the four Tests," Elgar added.

"There is a lot of pride at stake, but in saying that there is a lot of respect between the two teams."

Both enter it in sound Test form - Australia trounced England 4-0 in the Ashes, while the South Africans recently beat world number ones India 2-1.

The Proteas are 5/6 to win the Test series outright, with the Baggy Greens 7/1 and a draw 6/4.

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