Experienced opener Dean Elgar has expressed his interest in becoming South Africa’s next Test captain, saying leadership comes naturally to him and he would think ‘long and hard’ if approached for the job. Elgar has been a regular member of the Proteas Test team from the past two or three years. After young opener Aiden Markram, the 32-year old Elgar is the second candidate to come forward, expressing his desire to become South Africa’s next Test captain. Also Read - PCB Wants Written Assurance From BCCI Regarding Clearance to Play in Two World Cups in India

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“It’s definitely not an easy journey being a Test captain but I think leadership is something that comes extremely naturally to me,” Elgar said during an interview with Cricket South Africa (CSA) which was released on Monday.

“I’ve captained teams in the past, right up from school level to provincial level and at franchise level. I enjoyed it extremely and if I was asked to take on the captaincy, it’s definitely something I would think long and hard about because it would mean a lot to me.”

The left-handed batsman, who had captained the 2006 U-19 World Cup team in Sri Lanka, was the stand-in skipper in the first Test against England in 2017 after regular captain Du Plessis had missed the match due to the birth of his first child.

Elgar had again captained South Africa against Pakistan in January last year when Du Plessis was penalised for slow over-rate in the second Test and was suspended for the third and final Test of the series.

Aiden Markram and Keshav Maharaj had earlier expressed their desires to captain South Africa.