Dean Elgar has been dragged over the coals by cricket devoted after committing a “cardinal sin” in the course of the opening session on day one on the MCG.
The South African skipper bought his want when Australian captain Pat Cummins received the toss and elected to bowl, however hours later it was one-way site visitors for the Aussies.
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Many have been sceptical when Cummins received and elected to ship the guests in, however by the point lunch rolled round it had proved a masterstroke.
Aussie cult hero Scott Boland bought proceedings underway when he caught the sting of Sarel Erwee for 18.
Cameron Inexperienced took the second when Theunis de Bruyn tried a pull shot, solely to ship it excessive into the sky.
But it surely was the third wicket of skipper Elgar that had followers up in arms and lots of believing the second Take a look at was all however determined.
Elgar grew to become the third-highest run scorer in Take a look at cricket to by no means be run out when he eclipsed 5000 runs.
That document shortly slipped away when he tried a dangerous single in opposition to the arm of Marnus Labuschange.
The primary Take a look at batter collected the ball and shortly rotated his physique earlier than throwing down the stumps on the bowler’s finish, leaving Elgar nicely wanting the crease.
Justin Langer couldn’t consider what he had seen unfold in the course of the opening session from South Africa.
“The nice Allan Border as soon as instructed me, Take a look at cricket is about 5 days of cricket. What we’ve seen on this first session, we’ve seen some fairly dumb cricket from South Africa,” Langer stated on 7 Cricket.
“A poor choice by the captain to tackle Marnus within the first session. A cardinal sin. Run- outs in Take a look at cricket are a cardinal sin. Then what occurs, Bavuma subsequent ball. Abruptly a run-out. We have now seen some poor choices by South Africa at the moment. As Ricky (Ponting) stated, Bavuma may have left that ball with the additional bounce right here on daily basis of the week. There’s 5 days of cricket. De Bruyn’s dismissal, poor choice making. This has not been nice batting by South Africa all morning.”
Cricket followers have been simply as brutal on the South African skipper for his choice making in the course of the opening day’s play.
To make issues even worse for the South Africans, Temba Bavuma was despatched packing the very subsequent supply to depart them at 4/58 getting into the lunch break.