Arthur saddened by Proteas' World Cup failure

Standard Bank Proteas captain Faf du Plessis looking disappointed

Standard Bank Proteas captain Faf du Plessis looking disappointed

South Africa were officially eliminated from the 2019 Cricket World Cup hosted in England and Wales on Sunday, following defeat to Pakistan.

The loss followed defeats to England, Bangladesh and New Zealand with the country's only points coming courtesy of a win against lowly Afghanistan, and a washed out clash versus the West Indies.

Former Proteas boss Mickey Arthur, who currently serves as the Pakistan head coach, was left disappointed with South Africa's premature exit from the competition.

"I watch South Africa with a real fondness," Arthur said at Lord's.

"South Africa are my second team without a doubt, and it is sad for me. It's sad.

"It's a team that's just a little bit short on confidence. Every team goes through that.

"I think now is a time to just try and get behind those boys. They are trying incredibly hard. I know what they are going through. It's tough. It's really tough where they are," he concluded.