We did choke, admits Proteas coach Kirsten

gary kirsten We did choke, admits Proteas coach Kirsten

Outgoing Proteas coach Gary Kirsten said the team were chokers and it was a tag they had to be comfortable with until they won an ICC trophy.

The Proteas batted badly as they succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of the English at The Oval in their Champions Trophy semi-final yesterday.

“We need to be honest with ourselves. We did choke the game and it is a word we have become comfortable with. It’s an uncomfortable word but we have to become comfortable with it,” Kirsten said.

“England bowled exceptionally well, but that doesn’t mean that your batting line-up has to be 80/8.

“It’s a horrible word. It does get used and we are open and upfront about it as a team.”

He said South African cricket will need a different type of cricketer to help them remove the mist that had settled in the Proteas.

South African cricket had not shown that it had the capability of digging itself out of the situation. Kirsten said he found it difficult to pinpoint why the Proteas could not translate their test form into the ODI arena.

“We tried different things, but it’s definitely a dark mist that hangs over South African cricket at ICC events. At some point we’ll have to try and cross the line,” Kirsten said.

“… it’s not through lack of trying to do what we can, but it does require an enormous amount of resilience and certain types of individuals that can do it for us,” he said.

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