Proteas’ ICC failure like ‘dark mist’ – Kirsten

2012-10-04 12:30

South Africa’s inability to do well in international tournaments is like a “dark mist” that has descended on the team, Proteas coach Gary Kirsten has said.

Kirsten’s charges disappointingly crashed out of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup Super Eight stage without a win in their three games.

“It is our responsibility to overcome it and I am fully confident in the resources that we have in this team that are able to make those plays when we need them,” he said.

“At some point we need to honour the people who support us in this country and say to them we can pull out a win at some point. We’ve got three ICC tournaments coming up and I hope this will be a good stepping stone for us to at some point cross the line in one of those events.”

Kirsten said they still had to get to grips with the shortest format.

He said that they had to forget about what had happened in Sri Lanka, but that their failure could be attributed to a lack of international T20 experience.

“It is a format of the game that we are unsettled in because we play so little during the year and sometimes it is quite difficult to work out what are your combinations,” he said.

“In my role with his team over the year, T20 has been the one format where there has been less stability. To understand which combinations you need out there is a harder task in this format of the game.

“We have some better clarity to move forward and a better understanding of where we need to be,” he said.

Kirsten did point out that their decision-making at key moments left a lot to be desired.

“We’ve said from the outset that it’s going to be the quality of our decision-making in key moments and the quality of our execution in key moments that’s going to make a difference,” Kirsten said.

“Honestly, we were not up to the mark in both of those things when we needed to be.”

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