Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
3 minute read
9 Apr 2022
8:20 am

Bangladesh, you were blown away, so don’t blame the umpires or sledging

Ken Borland

South Africa captain Dean Elgar hit back at the tourists, telling them to 'harden up'.

Liton Das of Bangladesh walks off the field on day five of the first Test against South Africa in Durban earlier this week. Picture: Darren Stewart/Gallo Images

I don’t know whether Proteas captain Dean Elgar was boarding or not when he went to St Dominic’s College in Welkom in the early 2000s, but much of his language in the week building up to the second Test against Bangladesh was straight out of the manual of boarding school lingo. To my horror as I wishfully think of myself as still being young, Elgar was born in 1987, the same year that I matriculated from boarding school. But to hear phrases like “harden up”, “man up” and “dry your eyes” certainly took me back to my education, both at...