Birmingham – Proteas coach Ovirt Gibson has pointed out that his experienced players did not rise to the Cricket World Championship.
Wednesday's final defeat to New Zealand means that Proteas has lost four in the show, and although there is still a small mathematical chance that they will make the semi-finals, they are all except in the tournament.
It was another bitter pill to swallow the South African cricket and Proteas, who have once again bombed the World Cup.
The back home reaction has been understandably cruel and Cricket South Africa (CSA) has a lot of responsibility in the coming days and weeks.
Gibson has contracted until the end of September, and he admitted after Wednesday's match that he was unsure of what was going on after that.
"It is of course disappointing. We didn't do what we left home. It's still a bit raw, but the original feeling is definitely disappointing," the coach said after the killer's attack at Edgbaston.
"I can't talk about past world cups, but surely in this World Cup it seems that the guys have been making it hard.
"It's probably the only word that comes to mind right now."
Once again, the task is for the brain to rely on the CSA to find out why it is going wrong in this team in the World Cup.
The mid-term performance in 1992, 1999, 2007 and 2015 is still one of Proteas' best efforts in the World Cup.
Gibson says he needs a long and hard time thinking about why South African teams are struggling to move their pedigree to World Cup shows, but he waited more for experienced players.
"When teams have won the World Cup, their experienced players are the ones that have risen. Our experienced players have not risen … that's exactly what it is," he said.
The captain of New Zealand, Kane Williamson, who had 106 * on Wednesday, showed that the older player appreciates the most.
"He's a class player," Gibson said of Williamson.
"We also have class players in our team, but they have not shown it at the highest stage. It's difficult.
"There are friends here who play their latest world cups, and I would have thought they would like to take a high note. At the top and bottom is that 30s, 40s and odd 50s won't beat you on the World Cup."
Fast cookers were identified as South Africa's great strength in the tournament, but Gibson admitted that the inability to convert starts into big points that cost South Africa.
"There has been a lot if things and ultimately what it comes down to is that we couldn't put enough on the board," he said.
"We don't have a bowling attack we wanted to have, so we needed more work."
Gibson now has to find a way to get Proteas up, which is effectively three dead rubber to complete their campaign.
Next is a trip to the Lord in Pakistan on Sunday.
@LloydBurnard is in England, covering the 2019 Cricket World Cup for Sport24 …