Sunday, 19 January 2020 20:54

Proteas coach Mark Boucher has accepted responsibility for the slump that has left the hosts on the brink of defeat in the third test against England.

“It was a very disappointing batting performance,” Boucher said after Proteas lost 10 wickets on the fourth day at St George’s Park,Port Elizabeth.

They trail England by 188 runs.

“Ultimately I have to take responsibility for the performance and I now have to mentally and physically upskill these guys in a short space of time to make them better players.

“I’ve been in teams where we’ve been pretty low as well and we are still in the series,” said the former record-breaking wicketkeeper, who only took over as coach last month.

“We are in a very bad situation in this game but not out of the series yet.”

England need four wickets to take a 2-1 lead with the last test in Johannesburg starting on Friday.

Meanwhile Kagiso Rabada is suspended for the fourth test in Johannesburg after picking up another demerit point from the International Cricket Council, leaving Proteas attack toothless for the potential series decider.

The 24-year-old was punished for a celebration after bowling England captain Joe Root with a magnificent delivery on the first day of the third test at St George’s Park.



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