Choking Proteas: ‘The problem has to be our mental toughness’ — Majola

2011-03-28 00:00

COLOMBO — All 15 Proteas players will have to explain to South Africa’s exasperated cricket bosses why they fell at the first real hurdle in the World Cup on Friday.

That was the word from Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Gerald Majola yesterday.

The Proteas have been unable to progress beyond the semi-finals in six World Cup tournaments and have not won one of their five knockout games in the tournaments.

“I thought that we would have learned our lesson from the defeat to England when we also lost against ourselves,” Majola said in reference to the defeat by six runs in the group match in Chennai,” said Majola.

“I went to speak to the team in the dressing room after the game [against the Black Caps] and a lot of the guys were in tears.

“I have never seen them so disappointed,”

CSA will guard against a witch hunt, but the players and managers will be called to account.

“No one can fault the quality of players we have because they have already showed that they can beat anybody,” said Majola.

“The problem has to be our mental toughness and it’s something that we have repeatedly examined. We made a number of psychologists available to the side, including Henning Gericke, who is the best in the country.

“We will sit down with each of the players and probe why they are unable to achieve in pressure games,” said Majola.

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