Proteas World Cup defeat

Australia hold their nerve to beat South Africa and reach the Cricket World Cup final. Image from Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Empty arrivals hall ‘welcomes’ Proteas on return to SA

The Proteas made a low key return to South Africa after their World cup exit, with hardly anyone there to greet them at OR Tambo airport.

Proteas World Cup defeat

Australia hold their nerve to beat South Africa and reach the Cricket World Cup final. Image from Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

The Cricket World Cup final takes place on Sunday between India and Australia. Unfortunately for the Proteas, instead of being in the title decider, they have returned to South Africa after suffering an agonising semi-final loss to Australia.

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Perhaps somewhat unexpectedly, very few fans arrived to welcome back the team despite them having reached the final four.

The scenes at OR Tambo International airport of course contrasted in particular to the scenes that welcomed the Rugby World Cup winning Springboks upon their return from France when thousands turned up to celebrate their homecoming.

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You can see the quiet Proteas return below:

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ALL TOO FAMILIAR TALE OF WOE

With the South African cricket side having again fell short during the business end of a big tournament, the question has been asked: did they choke – again – when it mattered most?

“I guess you need to define what a choke is,” coach Rob Walter commented. “For me, a choke is losing a game that you’re in a position to win,.

“In this instance, we were behind the eight ball right from the word go, and we actually fought our way back into contention and put up a score that gave us a chance.

“The Australians, in turn, got off to a flyer and we fought and we put ourselves back into the game. Of course, we were 30 runs or 40 runs short, but still having them seven down and taking into account a couple of close calls like catches bouncing just short, a little inside edge that could have been taken, you know, that suggests to me there were no signs remotely close to a choke.

“It’s a serious contest between two good teams, number-two and number-three in the tournament.”

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