We could have seen another Phil Hughes incident, says Proteas opener Elgar

[caption id="attachment_62328" align="alignnone" width="580"]ROY91239 Proteas opener Deal Elgar after he was hit on head by a bouncer from Bumrah on Day 3. Image Source: Xtra Time[/caption]

Debasis Sen, Johannesburg: Proteas opener Dean Elgar, who batted heroically in South Africa’s 63 run defeat to India at the Wanderers, thanked the Almighty that no tragic incident took place on the field on Day 3. Elgar was hit on his head after he was hit by a bouncer from Bumrah late on Day 3 of the third test.

The Proteas opener referred the incident to the tragic death of Phil Hughes, who was hit on the back of the head while playing in a domestic game in Australia in 2014.

"Unfortunately, it took an incident of being hit in the head, where we could have had another incident of what happened in Australia … I think there is a bit of red tape that guys need to address and maybe do it sooner," he said.

"I know that people want to watch Test cricket the whole day, but we’re also human beings. We’re not just machines, we’re not just going to take blows and accept putting our bodies on the line," Elgar added.

"It was unfortunate that it had to go into that depth, but I do think the game or the situation of the pitch could have been addressed sooner."

Elgar, returned to bat on Day 4 after having passed two concussion tests. He batted for the entirety of South Africa's second innings.

His 86* was as courageous a knock as you will ever see, but speaking afterwards he felt that the umpires should have acted sooner.

"I do think so, yes," Elgar said when asked if he felt that game should have been called off earlier.

"On day three the wicket didn’t play great. Faf (Du Plessis) mentioned earlier in his press conference that batters got hit a lot more than in usual Test matches.

"I do think if there was a period to call if off, it was sooner rather than later."

Elgar added that the "red tape" surrounding dangerous wickets needed to be addressed, and that everything should be done to protect the safety of the players.

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