Dean Elgar, the South African Test captain, continued to defend his side over accusations of “unbearable sledging” on Thursday “in Durban during the first Test against Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi players, he remarked, are required to “harden up.” “if they wished to compete at a high level in the game.
Dean Elgar claimed South Africa completed the game hard but avoided cursing or using harsh words against their rivals before the second Test, which begins on Friday at St George’s Park.
Bangladesh cricket operations chief Jalal Yunus announced on Tuesday that his organization would file a formal complaint with the International Cricket Council over what he called unfair umpiring and the “sledging” of the home team.
Dean Elgar addressed his players with a message:
“We do everything with dignity, and we don’t throw our badge or our name away,” the South African captain stated to his players.
“I honestly didn’t witness any sledging, even on their side.” I just think we need to dry our eyes now and again because this is Test cricket.
With an extremely high number of 21 reviews – 11 by Bangladesh and 10 by South Africa – with four reviews upheld for each team, the umpiring in Durban was the focus.
Under the ICC’s coronavirus restrictions, South Africans Marais Erasmus and Adrian Holdstock were in control, prompting the Bangladeshis to demand neutral umpires.
“The umpiring was a challenge,” Dean Elgar stated. I don’t believe the wicket was a factor. The bounce was inconsistent, posing a challenge to the umpires.
Mominul Haque, the Bangladesh captain, made only a passing reference to the Durban incident, denying that he had personally spoken about the South African team’s conduct.
“I never objected to sledging.” Sledging occurs in cricket, and you must absorb it,” he remarked.
After recovering from illness, Mominul expressed optimism that opening batsman Tamim Iqbal will play in the second Test. He said the surface appeared to be dry and that Bangladesh would decide whether to play an extra spinner instead of a seam bowler on Friday morning.