Expressing disappointment after yet another failure at an ICC event by bowing out of the Champions Trophy, South African captain Graeme Smith said his side was trying their best but somehow have not been able to cross the line.

“I don’t know why. It is not about lack of performance or lack of trying. Everything has been done at the moment. We have the potential. We have to back ourselves and get over the line at some point of time,” he said after his side’s 22-run loss against England.

“There are lots of opportunities (to win ICC tournaments) and hopefully we do it at some stage may be next year. There is no point in making excuses. It is up to the players who are sitting in the dressing room to perform and make it count,” he added.

Smith is disappointed that his side were to bow out of the tournament at the group stage in a big tournament as they failed to chase down 324 against England.

“It is hugely disappointing to go out of the tournament at this stage. It was about giving your all and try as deep as possible and hope somebody would stay with you. Unfortunately that did not happen,” said Smith who scored a brilliant 141 but failed to find support from any of his teammates.

“We were very close and we lost wickets at crucial moments. Had it been something just more than 300 we could have chased down but above 320 was tough,” he said.


South Africa out of CTSeptember 28, 2009

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