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Loss to Australia ends South Africa’s World Cup tour

The South African men’s cricket team was knocked out of the World Cup after defeating Australia in the semifinals. The loss marks the end of an era for the team, with many senior players likely to retire from international cricket.

A generation of stars without trophies

Nine of the 15 players in South Africa’s World Cup squad could end their national team careers as they began them: without a trophy to prove their talent, skill, experience and hard work.

Rassie van der Dussen, at 34, is the oldest player in the team, while David Miller and Reeza Hendricks are only a few months younger.Temba Bavuma, Keshav Maharaj and Tabbraiz Shamsi are 33 years old. Shamsi is 33 years old.Temba Bavuma, Keshav Maharaj and Tabbraiz Shamsi are 33 years old.Heinrich Klaasen is 32 years old and Quinton de Kock and Lizaad Williams are 30 years old. None of these players are expected to make the national team when South Africa hosts the 2027 World Cup.

Loss to Australia ends South Africa’s World Cup tour

De Kock has hung up his bat and jersey. He announced before the start of the tournament that he would quit the ODIs once South Africa was no longer in the World Cup, which happened in Thursday’s semifinal when Australia won the semifinal by three three-post wickets with 16 balls left in the match.

Very different teams

It’s not unusual for this generation of South Africans that their national team has yet to win a World Cup. But on Thursday, they lost to a team that played better than they did, and that sets them apart. They didn’t inexplicably collapse like several other South African teams have in similar situations.

Aiden Markram is 29, Kagiso Rabada is 28 and Andile Phehlukwayo is 27.

Looking ahead

As a father in the locker room, how does Rob Walter ensure that the positives of Thursday’s performance are successfully passed on from the senior players to the younger ones in the squad? – When he held his press conference – much to the dismay of those in the locker room?

“Thank God I don’t have to be Queenie’s father anymore; that’s an added bonus,” Walter joked.” If you think about everything we’ve created and experienced here together, the World Cup is where you spend a lot of time together. The World Cup is different from a bilateral series, and I think if you ask everyone about their experience, I’d like them to say it was a memorable one.

“The more memorable moments there are, the closer we get as a whole and the more excited the players get about cricket. We’ve seen the players play incredible cricket, which will probably surprise a lot of people here and around the world. That’s what drives them to come back and get better.

“I’m excited. I think we have a lot of room to grow as a team and can play better than we are now. And most of the players that are about to embark on the journey are still in the locker room.”

Tough loss

South Africa won seven of their nine league matches to reach the semifinals, finally upsetting the critics who were not looking at them. Their batsmen hit nine centuries, more than any other team in the tournament. Kucher’s 20 triples were the most bowled by South Africa in a World Cup and Keshav Maharaj jumped up to become the top-ranked ODI bowler during the tournament.

“It’s frustrating to lose the semi-final but I’m proud of the lads for putting up a good fight. Batting for the first 12 overs this afternoon was a tough challenge. Ultimately, I think that’s what separated the two teams.

A team that fought to the end

South Africa, who have won all five of their first-past-the-post matches and again on Thursday after Temba Bavuma won the toss, came up against Australia’s top-order rookie duo of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, who are in terrible form. They slipped to 18/2 in their powerplay innings, their lowest score in the first 10 overs of an ODI since 2008, but they still clawed back a total of 212 runs, with Miller hitting 101 in 116 overs. They reduced the Australians to 137/5 and 193/7, but it wasn’t enough to win the match. Even so, they didn’t shy away from the game.

“For me, choking is losing the game you lose”.

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