Proteas World Cup woes: It's not choking, it's panic

Drew Forrest
Proteas World Cup woes: It's not choking, it's panic

Panic is a plausible way of understanding what went wrong in England in 1999 when SA had perhaps its best side and most realistic chance of winning.

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by Luke Alfred
(Zebra Press)

Asked whether South Africa's failure in the T-20 World Cup in 2010 had been the result of choking, former South African fast bowler Craig Matthews testily slapped down the interviewer: "No, we didn't play well enough to choke."

Matthews was right to bridle: the term "choking" ought to be banned from all discussion of South African underachievement in the shorter forms of international cricket.