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Faf disappointed in SA showing against Bangladesh

Mon, 3rd Jun 2019

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has admitted that his team is “not good enough at the moment” after suffering a second straight defeat at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Following the opening-day loss to tournament favourites and hosts England last Thursday, South Africa had high hopes of getting back on track when they took on Bangladesh at the Oval on Sunday.

However, the team was unable to get a foothold in the game with either bat or ball and slumped to a 21-run defeat to ‘The Tigers’, leaving them with a mountain to climb of they are to qualify for the semifinals.

"We're extremely disappointed," du Plessis said after the match. "All formats of our game are just not firing at the moment."

The Proteas have been hit hard by injuries, losing Lungi Ngidi to a hamstring strain just four overs into his spell on Sunday, while against England they lost opening batsman Hashim Amla to a head knock.

The skipper, though, has refused to make any excuses: "To blame bad luck is not an option for me, with Hash the previous game and Lungi today," he said.

"We still have to find a way to put in performances and we are just off in most areas. We are doing some good things during games, but we're not putting it together."

Despite back-to-back losses, du Plessis still insists that the Proteas can make it all the way through to a July 14 final at Lord's.

"I have to believe that... I wouldn't be South African if I didn't," he said.

"As a team we know we're not good enough and the moment and we have to turn it around.

"We won't just go back and fall over... we have no choice but to try and turn it around."