‘We need to finish strong’ - Proteas assistant coach

Malibongwe Maketa, assistant coach of South Africa (l) with Andile Phehlukwayo

Malibongwe Maketa, assistant coach of South Africa (l) with Andile Phehlukwayo

Proteas assistant coach Malibongwe Maketa says the team needs to “finish strong” in their two remaining matches at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

South Africa’s campaign at the tournament has been a major disappointment, as they will be heading home at the end of the group stage regardless of their results against Sri Lanka in Durham on Friday and Australia in Manchester next Saturday.

"It's a bit tough for all of us - we haven't performed as well as we would have liked and we have to suffer the consequences of that," said Maketa.

"We are willing to take responsibility, but hopefully we will be judged on more than what we have done here. A lot of good work was done before. Hopefully that counts for something.

"If heads do roll then we can look back and say we've given it our best shot. We came here to win and it hasn't happened. We want to make sure we leave Cricket South Africa in a better place than when we took over. It might not look like it now, but we think we have contributed."

The assistant coach added, "What's left to play for is really ourselves. We've dedicated the last two years to coming here and win the tournament. We can't let two weeks' work reflect badly on us.

“We need to make sure we really finish strong. As much as we're playing for millions of people back home. We need to make sure we walk away from this World Cup and justify why we're here.

"The way we see ourselves representing our country, we want to make sure that we finish off on a high. We've got a few players who are finishing after this World Cup.

“Two victories here will go a long way, rather than just one victory. That will be our legacy of the World Cup, and we don't want to let ourselves down."