Boucher takes responsibility for Proteas' poor performances

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Proteas head coach Mark Boucher
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  • Proteas coach Mark Boucher says he takes responsibility for his team's indifferent results.
  • The Proteas lost yet another T20 series, this time to Pakistan when they went down by three wickets in the fourth T20 at SuperSport Park on Friday.
  • Boucher though insists they're still on the right track.

Proteas coach Mark Boucher says he takes responsibility for the team's on-field misfortunes.

This came after the Proteas lost yet another series, this time at the hands of Pakistan. On Friday, they lost the fourth T20 by three wickets to lose the series 3-1.

This defeat meant Boucher has yet to preside over a T20 series success since he took over in December 2019.

Under his stewardship, the Proteas have lost 12 out of 16 T20s, a stat that has set pulses racing in a World Cup year.

Boucher said they haven't hit panic stations yet, but the recent reverse has affected them negatively.

"I take a massive amount of responsibility and I should. I don't and I never have shied away from the responsibility. Me, along with the management staff are very hurt as we put a lot of effort into this," Boucher said.

"It's no panic for me yet because we've been dealt with some trying circumstances, but we will continue to put in the hard work. I don't see the break we have as an off-season. It'll be an opportunity for us to upskill ourselves to get to a level where we want to compete at the top."

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Despite the defeats, Boucher was convinced that they were still on the right path despite their inconsistent results.

Boucher said there had been various reasons for their defeats, but the chopping and changing of the squad allowed him to test depth properly.

"We're on the right path. We may have lost a couple of series, but there have been reasons for that," Boucher said.

"We have to win with whatever team we put out for the Proteas, so I'm not going to make any excuses. It has been quite tough, but there have been positives."

"We have a better view with regards to our depth pool and I can say I have fair idea of what an enlarged squad we can look at and every player in the squad. I'm pretty sure that the guys in the squad will be of international standard. "

The inability to win T20 series remains a source of frustration for the embattled Boucher, but with the Proteas reeling the game in after a disappointing batting performance warmed his heart.

Pakistan won the fourth T20 off the second last ball, but through a 91-run second-wicket partnership between Babar Azam (24) and Fakhar Zaman (60), looked comfortable in their chase of 144.

There was a middle-order stumble, but Pakistan had enough in the tank to ensure they completed the limited-overs double. They also won the ODI series 2-1.

"We haven't won series and it is frustrating, but a performance like the one we had in this game and the fight the guys showed is something we can take forward," Boucher said.

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