More misery for Proteas

2012-10-02 19:26

Colombo - The Proteas finished their ICC World Twenty20 campaign on a low note after capitulating against India in a thrilling encounter on Tuesday.

Full scorecard

Former champions India beat South Africa by one run but still crashed out of the World Twenty20 as Pakistan went through to the semi-finals by virtue of a higher run rate.

India made 152-6 in their 20 overs and needed to restrict South Africa to 121 runs or less to reach the last four at Pakistan's expense. In the event they bowled their opponents out for 151 in a narrow but academic victory.

Pakistan will meet hosts Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Colombo on Thursday while Australia, who went through on run rate despite losing to Pakistan, will play West Indies on Friday.

Faf du Plessis led the South African reply with an aggressive 65, studded with two towering sixes and six boundaries off just 38 balls.

When he fell in the 13th over with 58 runs were still needed but India's bowlers led by Zaheer Khan (3-22) kept their nerve to record their second win in three Super Eights encounters.

South Africa, who had lost both of their two earlier matches in the round of eight, needed 14 off the last Lakshmipathy Balaji over. Albie Morkel hit a six off the first ball but was bowled off the second.

Morné Morkel also hit a six off the fourth ball but Balaji snatched the win when he bowled the last man with a full-length delivery, ending on figures of 3-37.

India owed their total of 152-6 to Suresh Raina's 45. Raina hit five boundaries during his 34-ball knock and added 44 for the fifth wicket with Rohit Sharma who made 25.

India were off to a disastrous start as opener Gautum Gambhir was bowled by Morné Morkel in the fourth over for eight, before the in-form Virat Kohli was caught behind off a rising delivery from Jacques Kallis for two in the next.

It became 36-3 when Peterson bowled Virender Sehwag for 17, after the Indian opener hit him for a big six a ball earlier. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with a quick 13-ball 23 with three boundaries.

Morkel finished with 2-28 while Peterson took 2-25.

Brief scores:

India 152-6 (S. Raina 45) v South Africa 151 off 19.5 overs (F. du Plessis 65; Zaheer Khan 3-22)


South Africa:

AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Lakshmipathy Balaji.

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI) and Rod Tucker (AUS)

TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)


  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 19:28

    ah man by just 1 run, that my friends is the icing on the cake :( i wish it was sa and pak going through. faf and ab, my top guys, better luck next time.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 19:33

      AB apologizing again post match. c'mon give the guys a break. 2 very close matches that could've went either way.

      raymond.huxley.5 - 2012-10-02 19:45

      Fair dinkum! Chicken finally came home to roast, boys. LOL! choke choke choke...

      rejeanne.nel.33 - 2012-10-02 19:54

      Here's a thought! Maybe it's the curse of the Protea... Maybe there should have been a Spring Bok on their chest, who knows..... hehehehe

      UNITY - 2012-10-02 20:11

      AB is very heartsore for the fans but he didn't forget to mention CLT20. There's more money to make ,its like a job not a sport. The team selection is wrong, took to long to make changes whoever is calling the shots is nessing the team up. Paddy upton whatever u doin is not working!!!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 20:32

      Shukri Conrad saying on SuperSport that Hash and JK shouldn't have been picked in the squad. Heh, I wouldn't like to be the selector who breaks Hash's omission to the SA public. I think he'd need to enter the witness protection program and move to another country under another identity.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 20:53

      @richard maybe he is right. This garbage format called 20/20 is an insult to players like Kallis and Amla

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 20:57

      @stephen. this format happens to be exciting and still requires plenty of skill and strategy. kallis and amla are legends no doubt, but if they're so good they should adapt to the format. and not that they havn't, you can't really judge their poor run of form on so few innings.

      sean.mitchell.3591 - 2012-10-02 21:14

      Boom after giving you loads of thumbs-downs on other posts, a thumbs-up on this one. It's a dissapointment but our Test Series Victory in England was what I was anticipating at the beggining of the year. I love all formats of cricket, but test cricket is still my favourite and even that can be a lottery. Imagine if Amla had been out for 6 at the Oval, things may have been very different.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 21:18

      I love Kepler, Shukri, HD saying that the management got it wrong, blah blah blah. But let's look at the facts: Levi, Amla and Kallis played 8 innings between them during the Super 8 matches. Those 8 innings produced 51 runs total: 4 from Levi, 24 from JK, 23 from Hash. England were tearing their hair out in this tournament because "our top order batting has no consistency". That may be true but look at the runs they got INDIVIDUALLY. Against WI, Hales got 68, Morgan 71. Against NZ, Luke Wright got 76. Against SL, Samit Patel got 67. So even though it was a different guy firing each time, SOMEBODY got runs at the top of the order in each match. Our top three, individually, never fired once. There are four England batsmen who each, in ONE innings, got more runs than our top three did in EIGHT innings combined. What can Gary K do about that?? That is not a management issue, that is a form issue. There is nothing AB can do, as captain, to arrest or reverse that. What we needed was ONE 50 from Hash, ONE 50 from JK, ONE 50 from Levi. Even if they bombed in their other innings, we could at least still have done something. But they ALL failed ALL the time. There is no captain and no management team in the world that can win with its top three so out of touch. I think people are being very unfair on Gary and AB. We just hit a run where all of our top three lost form at the same time. It's sad but it happens. You can't plan for it, nor can you do anything about it.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 21:35

      Sean, forget about Hash being dropped at the Oval. In the second innings at Lord's, Hash was dropped by Matt Prior on 2. That drop cost England 118 runs. They lost the Test by 51. So it's fair to say that, had Prior held that catch, Eng may well have squared the series and retained the no. 1 ranking. After that series win, the SuperSport panel was beside itself, heaping praise on Gary, the team, the backroom boys, everybody. It was a case of OMG, aren't we just the most wonderful team ever. If they'd drawn the series, I have no doubt that Kepler would have been saying that we need to question Biff's captaincy, Gary hasn't achieved what he set out to do, the team failed after holding a series lead and couldn't finish the job, there are mental problems, the tactics weren't right, etc. And I have no doubt that these forums would have been full of "chockers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" comments. So the difference between being the best prepared, best balanced, best coached, best captained, mentally strongest team in world cricket and being a bunch of useless chokers with a useless coach and no BMT is.... Matt Prior dropping one catch? Really? Honestly? Sorry, I don't believe the margins are that tight. These are mostly the same guys who toured England. I don't think that beating Eng in the Tests made us invincible and I don't believe that losing here makes us rubbish.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 21:49

      What I'm saying is that cricket is a cruel and fickle game. Prior might have held that catch and England might have squared the series. Umar Gul might have hit one mistimed shot early in his innings and been caught, and Behardien and Botha might have held their catches today. And then we'd be in the semifinals. If that was the case, people would be saying thank God we got rid of Biff, look how his team choked under pressure when they had the world no. 1 Test ranking almost in their hands. And look how well AB has done, getting us to the WC semis after the disappointment of coming away empty-handed from England. When it hinges on such small moments, I don't think one should react too negatively to it. As badly as we played, we were STILL only one or two little moments away from going through.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 21:57

      @sean lol we agree to disagree :) i think the batting is all that can be blamed. and more importantly the batting order. ab is your match winner coming it at 6 when he should be at 3 like today. but yes, things can go either way, with the 2 out of 3 extremely closely contested matches, the semis would look far different.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 22:02

      @barnes, agree with you. the key to winning this format is a consistent top 3 during that crucial 6 overs. if you navigate that successfully, less pressure on the middle and you can explode after 12 overs. this is what pakistan did against australia today. i though they should come out guns blazing but instead they played it around with less risk and kept their wickets. this is a good strategy if you don't have a watson or gayle at the top. so you create a platform and then launch. but you can only launch if your top 3 are producing runs.

      UNITY - 2012-10-02 22:03

      I'm with boom on this one.. This is a forum for people who believe T20 offers skill, strategy and innovation in the shorter format of the game. There should be fair representation of talent in all three formats of the game! If Kallis and Hash don't make it, drop them .. Leave them in test match mode .. Players need to earn their stripes, and too many a time selectors get it wrong, it took too long to drop levi, and put faf in.. Yet fafs sats weren't good in england , but how did he perform today? To hell with stats all the time.. Players like faf need more nods.. Putting parnell in over lopsy was the worst decision, even selecting him ....T20 is exciting .. And we must be able to find players to play these formats, not just IPL players..this is a retirement. Money in the bank option. Tournament.

      UNITY - 2012-10-02 22:26

      The supersport commentators also spoke about the way we think on the field, as being too rigid.. Metthodical..this formaye requires out of box thinking.. There was talk. Of finding a next klusener..will we ? The reaction of the fans are normal..and dissapointed rightfully so.. Those thay love tests should stick to tests, ODIs and T20 ..but if u like all 3 , then respect that each format requires a different level of skill, ability and game plan. Johan Botha was doing well as T20 captain. I think AB is an excellent batsmen w/k ..but captaining a side is going to mess up his performance.Barnes keeps talking bout Amlas drop catch like a scratched record, maybe Hash needs to improves his game.. Kallis is becoming more bowler than batsmen.. Maybe tests would suit him and IPL.. The fans have a right from time to time how the feel, and what they think should be done to improve the game. If u think this is bad, the comments after a loss in SA rugby goes oves 600 comments...

      sean.mitchell.3591 - 2012-10-02 22:57

      Richard. I love your writing and thank you for your response on Filander. However I don't see Filander as the on or outside off type bowler of the Tebrugge type. In his short carreer he has seemed to me to be able to either take wickets or restrict scoring, with accurate variety. Few loose ones on or outside leg. Must look up his figures to see stats on caught behind VS clean and LBW, may tell a story? AND he bats.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 23:28

      Well, Vern was tried in a limited overs role, albeit a while back and not for long enough to make any definite conclusions. But he didn't set the world alight then. His economy was about the same as Albie's. The other factor that people overlook is whether the player wants the position or not. Becoming a T20 bowler requires an awful lot of work on technique. It means dividing your focus between being a Test specialist and a T20 specialist. Maybe Vern is just happy where he is and wants to focus exclusively on his Test skills? The same applies to batting. We keep hearing how AB must bat up the order. What if he isn't comfortable in that role? Is forcing him into becoming an opener, when he might prefer to be a finisher, likely to be productive? In terms of development, I see England as being ahead of the curve atm. There are only three players in both their Test and T20 teams - Swann, Broad, Finn. With tours becoming divided into separate Test and ODI/T20 tours now, I can't see many countries keeping much the same squads for both. Eng have their T20 guys lined up - Hales, Buttler, Morgan, Kieswetter, Dernbach, etc. In a few years, I see T20 squads as being fundamentally different from Test squads. It reduces strain on the players and allows them to become specialists. I think SA should go the same way. Start looking for players who focus on just one form of the game. Like rugby with the 15 man game and Sevens. It's the logical way to go.

      sean.mitchell.3591 - 2012-10-02 23:35

      Wow Richard don't we get our cricket moments. Rain shortened semi, Darryl Hair with his finger in the air. Steve Waugh, hit wicket, given not out. Blind (bribed) umpire at Oval at final test. Atherton massive nick at Centurion given not out, held on for draw. Waugh caught and catch thrown away by same smart ass who set foundation for 438. Still can't bear 1997 semi. It is cruel. Like life.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 23:50

      Darrell Hair *shudder* don't remind me, lol.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-03 00:01

      Although the worst for me wasn't any of the WC failures. It was Curtly knocking us over in THAT first Test in the Windies. I was sitting in the car listening to it on the radio and I just snapped it off in irritation/despair eventually. And then, a short while later, Waqar Younis did the same to us in an ODI. That triangular with Pak & WI was a low, they both blitzed us. But that was back in my callow youth when I cared more deeply about such things than I should have. Now that I've mellowed a bit, winning isn't that important to me and I just appreciate the game and its fine array of skills for what it is.

  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-10-02 19:28

    Sad, sad sad, Where have u been Faf

  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-10-02 19:29

    Sad, sad sad, Where have u been Faf

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-10-02 19:31

    NOT FAIR ON THE CRICKET MAD FANS OF THE NATION! will forever back the boys but we are indeed chokers . . .

      raymond.huxley.5 - 2012-10-02 19:46

      abso freakin lutely, mate!

      martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-02 20:08

      Hey Huxley! Remind me again - what happened to the mighty sheep shagging Aus rugby team - oh yes, they got ripped a new fanny mate.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 20:11

      @dhirshan.gobind , do yourself a favour and dont support them. The team owes you nothing and quite frankly if I was a Protea player and saw all these types of comments I would tell the lot of you to get stuffed.

      sean.mitchell.3591 - 2012-10-02 21:26

      Dirshand. You think we are dissapointed? Just think how the players feel after committing their young lives to the sport. It doesn't make sense, but somehow the night-mare of 1997 just seems to hang over us despite a totally new generation of great South African cricketers. Why does Filander not play limited overs? He is so accurate and can swing a bat!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 22:02

      Philander's strength in Tests are the opposite of what you want in T20. In Tests, Vern makes the batsman play every ball. In T20, the idea is to get the batsman NOT to play the ball. He's coming after you every delivery anway, you don't need to make him play the ball. Vern goes line and length just on or around off stump. In T20, those deliveries go for either 4 or 6. That is right in the batsman's slot. In T20, you mostly want to go either full or short. Look at Malinga's bowling at the death. It's either a yorker or a bouncer, nothing in between. That's not to say that Vern couldn't adjust his line and length to suit the T20 style. But it's not to say that he could either. The automatic assumption that, because he does well in Test bowling, he'll also do well in T20 bowling, is not intuitive. They are completely different games.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-02 22:20

      barnsey knows his cricket :)

  • willie.dique - 2012-10-02 19:32

    Chokers my friends!!!! We are the best team in the world and we lose........Management????

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-10-02 19:33

    NOT FAIR ON THE CRICKET MAD FANS OF THE NATION! will forever back the boys but we are indeed chokers . . .

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-10-02 19:33

    NOT FAIR ON THE CRICKET MAD FANS OF THE NATION! will forever back the boys but we are indeed chokers . . .

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-10-02 19:33

    Die Bulls in die span het hard probeer maar die wp chokers het weer teleurgestel soos altyd. Drop wp afrigter en die spelers. - 2012-10-02 19:52

      2 andre ....... are you going to say the same when it comes to the rugby ..... drop the loser Bulls and put more Province/Stormer players in? Get a life dude ...... this is all about sport and not provincial crap.

  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-10-02 19:34

    Feel like curling myself up in a fetal position with my thumb in my mouth, rocking back and forth in a cold dark room :-(, Im a proud supporter out and out of the proteas and now I'm feeling it. One must be crazy to be s die hard sport fan,

      sean.mitchell.3591 - 2012-10-02 21:33

      Nathi. The 1997 fiasco gave me months of sleepless nights and Type 1 Insulin dependent Diabetes. 4 jabs a day.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-02 22:36

      Nathi I am with you mate. Having said that playing T20 cricket on the sub continent is as tough as it gets for our boys. Great to see Faf getting some runs. We know what a talent he is. Bad luck lads. We continue to back you, and always will...through thick and thin. Lots of work to be done. Such a pity Lopsy was so out of form.

  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-10-02 19:38

    Fire the whole team at least the next Generation won't be frightened by the choke tag

  • cynthia.biljoen - 2012-10-02 19:40

    "Disappointed isn't the word to describe it, we've had a poor tournament," AB de Villiers says. "We've let the country down and that's what hurts most. We did all the preparation possible, we though we were ready but the guys didn't click." Better luck next time Boyz.

  • franz.prade.9 - 2012-10-02 19:40

    0 from 3 Terrible At least Faf proved a point. Please next time pick T20 players and attack

      edmund.roux - 2012-10-02 19:59

      Agreed, we were trying to be clever and it back fired!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-02 20:47

      Who in the side is not a T20 player in your view?

  • tinus.olivier.5 - 2012-10-02 19:41

    And the chokes keep on coming.

      raymond.huxley.5 - 2012-10-02 19:46

      you meaning going, going home. LOL!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 20:07

      Wow 7:45pm and commenting. Where abouts in Australia are you from.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-02 22:42

      Ignore him Stephen. He is an idiot. Apparently in SA having the worst time of his life and hating it here...some contract that has "forced" him to come to this horrible place we call home. Shot his mouth off about how the Aussies were going to thrash the Boks on Saturday, but was nowhere to be found on Monday to take the heat. He is now trolling these sports pages for opportunities to abuse SA. I think he is having fun but he really is just a spineless coward.

  • pawmetmhla.mqadi - 2012-10-02 19:41

    Very disapointin, 3 loses in a row!!! I mean, such a poor perfomance in a world tounament? I wil 4eva back Proteas but dis is very sad

  • zenzeleninicolas.ndlovu - 2012-10-02 19:44

    its a very sad for us cricket lovers. AB do the honurable thing and resign!!!Smith where u? come save our team !!!

      nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-10-02 20:00

      dont think AB should resign as captain honestly, he's stil young in his role, he will become better with time and experience, I would rather he release the wicket keeping duties and still I say, get Quinton de Kock in, the guy is fearless top order batsmanI

      gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-10-02 21:20

      And how many cups have smith won?

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-02 22:44

      What did Smith do now? Apart from leading SA to number 1 in the world in test rankings!? He doesn't need fools approval like you.

  • jaco.smith.902 - 2012-10-02 19:44

    Dis seker die swakste vertoning deur n SA span nog!! Hoe kon goeie spelers so vinnig so hopeloos raak?? Klomp patete...

  • christian.koegelenberg - 2012-10-02 19:45

    This World Cup was as farcical as several previous ones. Players were taken along who were out of form (Levi, Parnell, etc.). In form players were not given enough chances (Ontong, etc.). The batting line-up was never settled and roles were never defined for batsmen. Players were given a break after winning their group and they came back indifferent. Instead of basking in the sun the fielding coach should have worked on the atrocious catching. Dropping 3 catches in seven overs against Sri Lanka! Kirsten must pull up his socks and make the players work harder. He should tolerate less mediocrity and set the bar far higher.

      christian.koegelenberg - 2012-10-02 19:56

      The coach can also not imply during a press conference that T20 matches don't count. ( He disrespected the team, his employers and above all the fans by saying that.

  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-10-02 19:47

    Yah neh...we turning into a laughing stock in major events, I bet bookies even back against us in every tournament even before we start regardlesd how redhot favourites we are, will still back them in Australia tho, but man we need to get rid of this tag, its embarasing

  • ashdan3333 - 2012-10-02 19:48

    Dnt dalla with the masala..

  • Joe - 2012-10-02 19:50

    Comedy Central Roast of the Proteas............can't wait for that, its gonna be great!!!

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-02 19:50

    Now thats called choking! Playing with hands on the throat.

  • lee.parker.39142072 - 2012-10-02 19:50

    SA are not chokers they are just a useless short format team. AB is the worst captain on the international scene. No words to describe Levi. Even Afghanistan can feel more proud of their performance.

      nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-10-02 20:05

      Here lies the Proteas, the great team that never was...

  • hnienaber - 2012-10-02 19:52

    Im sorry but for SA being top in the World for all parts of the game, we did not just stay out of the finals by a margin, we were knocked out properly and with the way we were playing had no chance in the finals! Kinda reflects back to boks, bad coaching and captain decisions when it mattered most...disappointing

  • darren.peach - 2012-10-02 19:55

    I think this sums it up fairly well :

      Joe - 2012-10-02 19:59


  • nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-10-02 19:55

    Those 2 overs from Kallis and Albie Morkel against how badly they cost us, thats when the rot started, Ala Gibbs dropping Steve Waugh in 1999

  • - 2012-10-02 19:58

    On the positive side ...... India didn't make it through, specially after Aussie threw their game so as to make sure the Proteas would be out. If there was a definite place in the next round for the Proteas, I think they would have done it.

  • maredi.mello.75 - 2012-10-02 20:01

    And why was Tsotsobe never given a chance despite the fact that he offers variety?

      nathi.mnisi.7 - 2012-10-02 20:04

      Good point there...

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-02 22:48

      Sadly Lopy's was the worst of the lot. It's not the end of the world guys. Not the result we wanted and sad to be coming home, but AB is a young captain with lots to learn, and the sub continent is a tough place to play.

  • Justin Hall - 2012-10-02 20:07

    alwaya choke wats new

  • gregory.f.dean - 2012-10-02 20:10

    Sadly when it counts ... we crash

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 20:13

      CSA please cancel all future tours, winning these games dont count according to Einstein on this forum. Maybe we should cancel all sport because hey winning doesnt mean anything

  • gino.lakey - 2012-10-02 20:11

    Proteas not good enough....

  • bevan.dejager - 2012-10-02 20:14

    Why do the Proteas even bother going to these tournaments? They obviously cant play under pressure as we have seen time and time again!

  • snoopy.john.14 - 2012-10-02 20:14

    y doesn't Albie morkel get promoted at the top. he didnt even get a chance to hit this tournament. what the hell. why does he get sent so late? what was with the selection this tournament?

  • snoopy.john.14 - 2012-10-02 20:17

    did anyone see albie hit six off balaji, imagine if he had come out sooner and got settled, he would have done what did du plessis did today. im pissed offf. why wasnt du plessi playing in the last game? damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-02 20:17

    kallis needs to play only test cricket

  • Jason - 2012-10-02 20:18

    Know what? I have developed massive respect for AB after his repeated apologies - not because I think he necessarily had to apologise, but because for the first time in YEARS we see a captain that is not afraid to take accountability and show how much winning means to him. Infinitely better than past silence and/or excuses. AB - you beauty! You have single-handedly won me back as a Protea supporter (bar perhaps Smith, who while being an excellent player, has a cocky demeanour that I have never really been able to stomach).

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-02 22:52

      Agree with comments about AB, but sad you feel the way you do about Smith. He is an amazing captain and leader and is really respected around the world. I have met him, and was really impressed with his humility, and the way he took time out to chat with my son. I have lots of respect for him, especially because of the way he has handled derision from so-called SA fans who have abused him for years, and he has handled himself with dignity.

  • ron.hobson.313 - 2012-10-02 20:19

    The curse came when we had to score 22 runs from 1 ball, maybe 2022 will be our year?

  • tony.palmer.184 - 2012-10-02 20:19

    Ga! Sies! Sad! Pathetic! .........

  • mrova.blaza - 2012-10-02 20:20

    sometimes I do feel like we are too hard on our team, in this form of the game luck plays more part than skill. 2 overs can change the complexion of the game completely. Better luck next time boys.

  • Ribone - 2012-10-02 20:21

    Proteas playing too technically correct....leave the game plans in the dressing room and give top batsmen free reign ...start playing calypso cricket!!!!

  • stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 20:25

    Blessing in disguise now at least most of you dimwits will disappear with your moaning and whining. I guess thinking is optional nowadays. AB and the Proteas you dont owe these fickle supporters anything.. This is a gem of line - "They have to be the most highly paid, under performers, under pressure, on the planet. " - absolutely zero though went into this corker.

      gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-10-02 21:27

      Go f&$k a sheep man.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-02 22:55

      I agree Stephen. These games turn on a ball or a swing, and if it works for you, then you're great. If not, you're a loser and a choker. How fickle we are! Bad luck boys and better luck next time. Always a supporter.

  • donnmakaveli - 2012-10-02 20:27

    Until the time they play as a team, then we can talk bout them winning something. Guys like J Kallis are much concerned bout topping all rounder standings than SA winning something. \r\nLook at the history of individual standings, yhu will see proteas dominating these tables from best batsman, bowlers and all rounder records are broken but they aint no silverware. Lol

  • phillip.andy.7 - 2012-10-02 20:29

    records breaking kings choke yet again that's what they will ever be , chasing records

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 20:30

      Is this even English

      phillip.andy.7 - 2012-10-02 20:44

      dis afrikaans

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 20:50

      Blue jean pants wiff a belt

      hash.jadawat - 2012-10-02 21:24

      take a fat chunk off their salaries..AB should be stripped off captaincy.He doesn't understand the concept of the job.Proteas image has tarnished badly... No hope !!!!

  • neville.watson.94 - 2012-10-02 20:50

    The Morkels was the main culprits in the team

  • siphom.mngadi.7 - 2012-10-02 20:52

    Tnx for ur poor perfomance Proteas

  • werner.pretorius.12 - 2012-10-02 20:54

    T20 het baie luck nodig. Dus glo ek nie iemand kan skuld kry. Wat we'll waar is dat ons nie \gamebraker\ gehad het nie. N Gayle of Watson.

  • pierre.walt - 2012-10-02 20:56

    Again..Ab said we will not choke...

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-10-02 20:57

    Wait for them to arrive at the airport and boo them back to the hole they belong

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-02 21:08

      Seeing your Facebook link you are as common as common can be

      ebrahim.floris.7 - 2012-10-02 21:45

      heres to hoping that sour voice will be drowned out(providing you can foot the taxi fare) by true protea quickly we forget the achievements not a few months ago!

      mike.dufham.7 - 2012-10-02 22:26

      Stephen. Your mother is common. That's how you came into this world

  • virgilioc - 2012-10-02 21:04

    Pick a captain that has never had contact with this team or any of the rubbish ppl in the technical and whatever else sections of Cricket SA. A person who aint scarde to speak his mind at a press conference and that says WE WILL WIN and MEAN IT! not a Smithy boy who says, that the guys cant put their finger on it or that they must stick to basics. If Pakistan players had to stick to basics and be ninnies at press conferences, they would be shipped out to Tahiti to make their division 9 squad!

  • virgilioc - 2012-10-02 21:06

    Oh and Parnell and Levi and Albie too should have their passports revoked and be made to count how much sand is in the Kalahari!

  • hash.jadawat - 2012-10-02 21:18

    totally and utterly useless..they shouldn't come back home.Next bokke will loose against N.Z... :-(

      ebrahim.floris.7 - 2012-10-02 21:47

      glad to see all you "true" proteas popping out of the woodwork,i'm sure we shall see you again in two years time!