Cricket World Cup 2011

Defeated Proteas head home

2011-03-26 14:10
Graeme Smith (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Graeme Smith and his Proteas side will come through the OR Tambo International Airport arrival gates empty handed after painfully losing to New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals.

The Proteas’ ODI squad will arrive home from their ICC Cricket World Cup campaign on Saturday evening on Flight EK765 from Dubai (arrival time 20h50 South African time).

The team will be welcomed on their arrival by CSA Board member Andy O’Connor.

Graeme Smith said earlier that he and his team are braced for the criticism that is bound to be thrown their way on their arrival back in South Africa.

"When the team gets onto the plane and goes home, it's going to be daggers and stones thrown and whatever," he told a news conference on Friday.

"And you know a group of 25 people have to take it on the chin. It's been going on since 1992, we haven't won any World Cups.

"We feel terrible. We come out here and tried to give our best, I cannot fault the way the team has tried and prepared. We have tried to give our best all the time, but we are disappointed. We let us down and let a lot of people back home down. There are no excuses for that." 


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