Faf du Plessis insists there are no red flags in the Proteas camp after another batting collapse in their 36-run defeat to Australia.
Having restricted the Australians to an average 288/6 on an excellent batting track in St Kitts on Saturday night, the South Africans had looked well on course for victory at 210/3 in the 38th over.
That was thanks to half centuries by Faf (63) and Hashim Amla (60), but they then saw the remaining seven wickets fall for 42 runs on their way to SA slipping to 252 all out in 47.4 overs.
But Du Plessis believes that the Proteas do not have problems in the batting line-up.
He says: “By no means do I feel there are any red flags in our batting line-up.
“We have been extremely strong in the last two years. Our strength has been our batting capabilities.
“And we’ve also not relied on AB in games and there have series when Hashim has also not scored.
“Our top five have been the backbone of the team, so I don’t think they feel the pressure.”
But Faf admits that they threw the game away as JP Duminy (41) and AB de Villiers (39) failed to build on good starts.
The Proteas No.3 says: “When AB and I were batting, we were in complete control of the game. It was very close to impossible to lose the game.
“We understood the conditions. Then we gave them a bit of a sniff when I went out.
“But with AB and JP chasing the runs we were still in it.
“And then it was a case of a few of us giving wickets to the Australians – soft, soft wickets.
“Against a team with the quality that Australia has, you can’t afford to lose concentration. And that’s what happened. We almost just handed it over to them.
“You can be a bit emotional after a performance like that and try to learn.”
The Proteas take on the Windies on Wednesday night (7pm) at the same venue.