At least I can acknowledge one SA fan who can see the point that was made in the original post without getting carried away with their personal feelings.
I hold no grudge from the SA pull out of Colombo. Events todate have if anything justified their doing what they did.
In my opinion its a mental process, and if a Team admits they were beaten by better Team then collectively they will be trying harder to win next time, because its an acknowledgement in their own mind their best was not good enough.
If however they hoodwink themselves and others by finding an excuse or another, as a collective unit they have not realised they have to do better on the next occasion.
And this subconscious failure will continually impede their achieving a better or higher level of performance on the successive occasion.
And they will continue to keep misguidedly believing "Bad Luck and Mambo Jumbo" caused them to lose time after time and not their lack of performance.
South African coach blames long CWC for team’s failure - http://www.radiojamaica.com/news/sto...=3&story=35271
“We’re not looking for excuses or anything but I think the length of the tournament and probably the time between games doesn’t allow you to get any momentum. Ideally after the game against England we would have been ready to play again two days later…Just keeping momentum and keeping that confidence going I guess it was an ideal but we only have ourselves to blame for that. Consistency is something we strive for as a unit,”
Yeah Right Mickey - If not for the Schedule you were going to win the World Cup like you had done in last 4 attempts.
After their loss to NZ in Super-8, Here is what Kallis had to say :-
"Kallis meanwhile was more intent on blaming the conditions at this ground - the same ground on which South Africa walloped 356 for 4 only five days ago. "It's not inconsistency in our performance, it's inconsistency in the wicket," he said. "I think it's frustrating when the conditions play such a big role in the game, but the guys did well to stick in there as well as they did. If we'd held onto one or two chances, maybe it could have been a different position. Hopefully we come across a wicket that plays the same throughout the day." "
Yeah Right Jack, if not for the conditions, the Cup was all yours.
If you leave out Jason's motives for creating this thread and talk about his first post without any prejudice, It does seem true that SA have been looking for excues for their performance more often than not.
And also I think the media trump it up abit more than anything, especially the Australian media against SA. "Kallis meanwhile was more intent on blaming the conditions at this ground" in that article you quoted from cricinfo doesn't look like balanced reporting to me. Smith did praise Australia as too good in the semi final and from match interviews that I remember he did say stuff like "full credit to Bangladesh they fully deserved the win" or something along those lines (although I'm just going from memory here).
Conditions, pitches, umpires, Toss etc are same for everyone, if you are going to blame them after your loss, then yes they are excuses. And just because Smith gave credit to Bangladesh for their win doesn't mean they were not looking for excuses. You can give credit and still give excuses for your poor performance which is what SA did esp in the cases suggested by Jason.
You can blame media all you want, but it doesn't change what Kallis/Micky actually said. The quotes are still out there for everyone to read.
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