London: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers offered no excuses for the crushing defeat against England and simply blamed their elimination from the Champions Trophy on below par performance.
South Africa continued to live with the tag of chokers in the ICC events as they failed to defend a modest 175 after their top and middle batting order collapsed. De Villiers said his bowlers tried hard but could not do much as the wicket had probably eased out later on.
"We tried everything with the ball but it got pretty flat in the afternoon. There's no excuses. We had the talent to win this tournament. We just didn't play well enough," de Villiers said after his side lost the semifinal by seven wickets.
The South African captain said he faced a selection dilemma ahead of the crucial match and in the hind sight felt Alviro Petersen's presence in the batting order could have made some difference.
"It was the hardest team selection I've had. Alviro would have been great in the team but we backed Hashim and Colin. I'm especially proud of David Miller and Rory, they kept fighting to the end and that's what I expect from our guys," he said.