South Africa reeling after shock group stage exit at T20 World Cup
South Africa were once again left to ponder what could have been after exiting at the group stage of the T20 World Cup when they were beaten by the Netherlands in Adelaide on Sunday
The Proteas just needed a win against the Dutch, the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament, in their final group game to be assured of a place in the semifinal.
Temba Bavuma charges though put in a lethargic performance and fell to a 13-run defeat which saw them on an early flight home.
The loss sees the end of Mark Boucher's tenure as head coach with the former wicketkeeper leaving the job on a sticky wicket in all three formats.
Boucher's last Test series in charge was in England which the Proteas lost 2-1 while they are struggling to qualify for the 50-over World Cup to be played in India next year.
South Africa have a history of slipping up at global tournaments with Boucher himself part of previous Proteas teams as a player that came up short.
He said after the game against Netherlands: "The more you don't do well in World Cups, I think it does start playing in your head a bit, I think that's just natural.
"I don't think that's been the case of late, we've played in some tight games in World Cups and actually won them. In the past we've tended to lose those games.
"We were never really in this game here, to be fair. On paper, yes we should have won the game but the game's not played on paper, it's actually played out there in the middle."
Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of cricket Enoch Nkwe admitted the team showed "glaring shortcomings" at the T20 World Cup while board CEO Pholetsi Moseki said now is the opportune time for a rebuild.
"The Proteas went to the ICC T20 World Cup with high hopes that they would make it to the final," Moseki said.
"CSA supported the team on their campaign and held high hopes that they will carry through. It is unfortunate that they did not make it as we had all hoped. However, it is incumbent to support them into the future.
"It is evidently hard for all of us to be faced with this disappointment. However, our focus should be rebuilding the team for future success.
"Lessons learnt from this experience will be inculcated into strategies to redeem from the weaknesses and build a formidable attack in future."
The Proteas' next assignment in international cricket is a daunting three-match Test in Australia starting in December with South Africa A coach Malibongwe Maketa taking interim charge of the team for the tour.