Former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur says it’s been hard watching his compatriots plod along in what has been a woeful Cricket World Cup campaign in England.
Arthur masterminded South Africa’s demise at Lord’s on Sunday when his Pakistan side drove the decisive nail in the coffin, snuffing out any chance of an unlikely revival.
Having led the Proteas to a more successful world cup campaign in 2007, where they finished in the last four, Arthur said he was sad to see what his “second team” is currently experiencing.
“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.”
Pakistan’s victory saw them move to seventh in the points table with an outside chance of finishing in the top four for a semifinals spot.
Their next outing is against the table-topping New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
For the Proteas, the defeat effectively ended their top-four chances, meaning their two remaining matches – against Sri Lanka and Australia – are both dead-rubber contests.