Elgar hopes to learn from deflating captaincy experience

Elgar hopes to learn from deflating captaincy experience

“There are a lot of things in captaincy you don’t see as a player,” Elgar said on Sunday (July 9). Du Plessis, who missed the match for the birth of his first child, was sitting next to him after returning from South Africa. He chuckled. “He’s laughing because he knows it’s true,” said Elgar. “I’ve learnt a lot in the last week with the different pressures of being the captain, which is good for my growth.”
“In Test cricket, you’ve got to make your own luck and I don’t think we’ve been too kind to ourselves over the last four days,” he said. “It could have been a lot easier with a few things going our way. But these are the punches you have to take, and you’ve got to get up tomorrow morning with a smile on your face – not forgetting that in four days’ time, you’ve got to start again.”

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“The first person that gets to him when he takes a wicket needs to throw a hand over his mouth, like I did,” he said. “Hopefully, he learns from this. He realises that he is missing a game for South Africa which hurts. He has possibly let the team down. Even more so, he has let himself down.”

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