EASIER FOR ELGAR
FOR DEAN Elgar, his second go at the captaincy was a great deal easier than the first. In 2017 Elgar skippered the South African team at Lord’s in the absence of Faf du Plessis who was at the birth of he and wife Imari’s first child. In England the captain has mutiple media engagements before a Test match, especially the opening game of the series. There’s a radio interview, a TV interview then the press conference with the main papers and then he and the opposing captain pose – in Elgar’s case at Lord’s with Joe Root – with two trophies in front of the Old Pavilion. “This has been much easier,” he said Thursday before the final Test against Pakistan. Only one TV interview and the press conference had 50 fewer hacks. “It’s not as hard dealing with the press here than in England,” Elgar mused. “We will try harder Dean,” came a swift reply from one insulted scribe.