Wednesday’s big Champions Trophy semi-final defeat by England at The Oval, where South African could only score 175 all out in a seven-wicket defeat, was an eighth last-for the loss out of nine played in the big events.
Coach Gary Kirsten, now leaving after 2 years to be replaced by Russell Domingo, didn’t offer any clear answers about their mental scars but pulled no punches in his assessment.
“We need to be honest with ourselves. I think we did choke the game. We have to accept what it is,” Kirsten told a press conference. He said the “horrible word” had been used in team meetings in an effort to conquer the issue but it remained a “mist”.
“If we had a secret recipe to turn it around we would certainly have packaged it and be selling it,” added Gary Kirsten.