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No excuses for embarrassing loss, says SA captain Elgar

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No excuses for embarrassing loss, says SA captain Elgar

Rohit Sharma is now Indian skipper in all three formats after being named as permanent Test captain

Reuters

SA arrived in New Zealand on a high note after a hard-fought home series win over India, but a punishing defeat in their first Test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday served as a sobering reality check.

Captain Dean Elgar refused to make excuses, blaming neither losing the toss, the 10-day quarantine on arrival in New Zealand, nor the matter of head coach Mark Boucher facing a May disciplinary hearing over charges of racism.

“Being a touring party, we are always going to be up against home conditions and rightly so,” Elgar said of having to bat first on a Hagley Oval pitch that had a nice covering of grass and offered plenty of assistance to the always relentless Blackcaps’ pace attack...

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