TAKING THE FLAK: Proteas skipper AB de Villiers

PROTEAS skipper AB de Villiers tried to relieve the pressure on under-fire coach Russell Domingo after their failed bid to reach the Tri-Series final.

South Africa were inconsistent in the Caribbean series, losing four of six games, including Friday night’s 100-run collapse to hosts West Indies, who faced Australia in last night’s final.

It was supposed to be the beginning of a new era for SA cricket after a disappointing previous year, with the national teams under a review.

But another poor bowling performance in the middle overs and a batting choke saw the Proteas bowled out for 185 chasing 285.

And a jaded AB said: “He [Domingo] has played a big role in all of our careers in the last four or five years. I’ve felt he’s done a fantastic job. It’s sad to see him under pressure. It’s definitely not the coaching staff.

“Unfortunately as players we let them down in this series. We had ample opportunity in a few games to knuckle down.

“We should have walked the first game we played. So it comes down to the players. The preparation was perfect.

“All the coaching staff did their jobs. It is sad to see Russell under pressure. It shouldn’t be that way. There are a few players who should be under pressure.”

“Not enough of us put our hands up in this series. That’s what it comes down to.

“Our preparation was really good. Our coaches have been unbelievable. Russell Domingo put us through our paces like never before.”