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South African captain Elgar is trying to block “bad news”

High Speed ​​Bowler from South Africa Nortje-India TEST Series

South African captain Dean Elgar said yesterday that his players had a strong bond in the dressing room, favoring the flow of “bad news” about the country’s cricket.
The 34-year-old will lead the Protea team to the first test against India on Sunday against the backdrop of administrative instability, racist accusations and the disappearance of Keistrike bowler Henrich Norche.
“Last year, I got used to the bad news around us a bit,” Elgar said at a news conference.
“As a player group, adapt accordingly.
“It’s not ideal to have these headlines. We want to focus on cricket and play a very tough series against India.”
Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Monday that Cricket coach Graeme Smith and Protea head coach Mark Boucher will attend a formal hearing on allegations of racism.
CSA also said a three-game series followed by an ODI series will be played.
In a closed room as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
“It doesn’t matter what’s happening outside the field right now,” Elgar said, who didn’t directly mention the CSA’s announcement about Smith and Boucher.
“We experienced a very bad time and made such a good bond within our group. Our culture was tested and I didn’t think it would push us in the short term as a captain. It was pushed up to the level.
“We have so many different admins that we don’t even know who is there right now.”
However, Elgar, who was appointed full-time test captain in March, generally provided the ringing support of coaching staff.
“We support coaches and support management. They have done a lot of work that is often overlooked. I know what they are doing behind the scenes.
“It’s not good to see our coaches blamed. We are very grateful for their hard work.”
Elgar described India twice as “the best team in the world”, but said the South African team was ready for three days.
Elgar said the preparation included a “quite productive” match simulation, as the majority of the starting teams played little or no red ball cricket this season.
Elgar admitted that India’s pace bowling lineup has improved significantly, but at home he favors his bowler even without Norche, who was excluded from the three-game series due to a lower back injury. He said he did.
“We know it will be difficult, but we know that Indian batters will have difficulty facing our bowlers.
“I’d rather sit here in the dressing room in India than know that they have to face our fast bowlers.”
Elgar said he was hoping for an “excellent cricket wicket” at Centurion.
Nortje has been excluded from the 3-game test series. Nortje had not recovered from an unspecified “permanent injury”.
With a bowling capacity of over 150kmh, Norche has won 46 wickets in 10 tests since the start of the 2019/20 season. This is 16 more than any of his teammates. He was selected as South Africa’s cricket player of the year in May.
Nortje’s injury opens the door to return to the test team after playing British cricket as a Kolpak player in Yorkshire after Duanne Olivier has been away for more than two years.
There are seven other high-speed bowlers on the South African team in the series, so no substitute for Norche is called.

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