Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SPORT -

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.

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