Vishal Mehra ∙ Nov 11 2022, 5:27 AM

Some South African players need cool-off time to get over  T20 World Cup: SA Head Coach

image-lac0kc21Malibongwe Maketa takes over from Mark Boucher [Source: Twitter]

Exiting from a World Cup can be taxing, and the disappointment that a player undergoes is immeasurable. South Africa's incoming interim coach Malibongwe Maketa has said that some of their players will need some time off to get over the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 exit.

South Africa crashed out of the Super 12 Stage, finishing third in their group. Maketa's first assignment will be three-Test series against hosts Australia starting December 17. According to IOL sport, Maketa revealed that he wanted players to feature in South Africa's practice four-day games but will keep in mind players' mental health. 

“(We have to be) mindful of where they are mentally. For me as a coach, I can’t measure mental fatigue.

The challenge for me personally, is to integrate (players) from the World Cup squad after that big disappointment. It’s something that is not easy to deal with and it's important for me to be mindful of that.”

South Africa will be without Keegan Petersen, who is ruled out of the tour due to an hamstring injury.  Another player who is under an injury threat is all-rounder Keshav Maharaj

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