The Proteas’ retiring leg-spinner proved to be a true mentor as well.
The Proteas coach says he doesn’t want to make any excuses for the failures in England … and then kinda does.
But this thrilling game had the added bonus of being the Proteas’ first World Cup win over the old enemy since 1992.
Faf du Plessis and his troops finally deliver a complete performance and give semifinalists Australia some food for thought.
But the national skipper admits he’ll have some thinking to do about his future after the World Cup.
Given how the Proteas’ World Cup campaign has gone, that might be an unpopular view.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Why the Proteas failed at the World Cup

Veteran Imran Tahir has a simple theory, but it’s arguably the best one.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Tahir: I can still easily play another year, but it’s time for others

The Proteas’ canny spinner will bow out of ODI cricket against the Aussies this weekend.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Proteas’ status sinks in the eyes of Khawaja

The Aussie batsman seems to suggests that Faf du Plessis and co need to be bracketed with lowly teams like Afghanistan.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Phehlukwayo pays tribute to hard-working Pretorius

They are similar bowlers but Andile Phehlukwayo says he is in awe of the remarkable control Dwaine Pretorius brings to the attack following his man of the match bowling performance against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Long wait for Proteas begins in Manchester ahead of Australia clash

The next week will feel like forever for Faf and the men before they get on the plane home.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Hard work pays off for Dwaine Pretorius

After being dropped from the World Cup side, his return against Sri Lanka was a match-winning one.

Cricket World Cup 2019 Hashim Amla ready to play on, dispelling talk of retirement

The bearded stalwart seems reluctant to imagine playing in the next World Cup though.

Cricket It still feels hollow, very bittersweet – Faf du Plessis on Sri Lanka drubbing

The captain praised his bowlers for closing down the Sri Lankan innings, which went from 67 for one in the 10th over to 203 all out 40 overs later.

Cricket Where have these winning Proteas been all the time?

While it was pleasing to see the Proteas finally meet expectations, it does not ease the pain of what has gone before.

Cricket Finally, SA produce a matchwinning performance, see Sri Lanka off by 9 wickets

Man of the Match Dwaine Pretorius finished with the outstanding figures of 3/25 from 10. This included a remarkable 46 dot balls.

Cricket Cricket World Cup Tour Diary – Glorious sunshine on the Proteas, at last

While the Proteas have had a dismal time on the field and are hurting terribly, they have largely kept their inner turmoil to themselves.

Cricket Changing the coach won’t solve Proteas’ problems – Paddy Upton

However, Upton did not rule out throwing his own name into the hat should Ottis Gibson be shown the door.

Cricket Senior players must take responsibility for World Cup fiasco – Duminy

He also made a point of making a heartfelt apology to South African fans for the Proteas’ World Cup failure.

Cricket Duminy steps in for Miller in ‘bittersweet’ ODI swansong

‘I need to stress how disappointed we all are as a team, because the performance has been pretty dismal,’ JP Duminy said.

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