Thursday 8 August 2013 

Video - South Africa Lament ODI Defeats

South Africa coach Russell Domingo and captain AB de Villiers talk about their side's disappointing 4-1 One-Day International series defeat in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka won the opening match by 180 runs and then claimed a 17-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method in game two, but after South Africa hit back with a 56-run victory in the third game, the home side won the final two matches by eight wickets and 128 runs to wrap up the series.

"It was a very disappointing one day campaign, let's not beat around the bush," Domingo admitted.

"As a South African side we pride to do a lot better then we did there. In saying that Sri Lanka is a a hell of a tough place to tour.

"The record of our past sides show that more experienced sides have gone and have been turned over and have come back with out a victory in that format. So it was a tough tour for us, but it has also highlighted a lot of short comings in that particular format that we need to address going forward."

De Villiers scored 137 runs during the series, was one of only three South Africans to score more than a century of runs as only he, JP Duminy and David Miller managed a half-century between them.

South Africa went into the series missing Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, and de Villiers said that without such key players, the series was something of a learning curve for the squad.

"Dale, Jacques and Graeme are world class players, so you are always going to miss them when they are not there," he began.

"But in saying that I really enjoyed the fact that some of the young guys got opportunities to play in those kind of conditions.

"They really got exposed to a world class sub continent team in their own backyard, even though most of us didn't perform really well through out the ODI series.

"I thought we learnt a lot including myself. I think some of the guys put their hands up some of the youngsters and thats always promising."

South Africa did at least finish the tour strongly by winning the Twenty20 International series 2-1.

Video courtesy of SNTV

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