Candid Boucher blames mental scars for series defeat against Pakistan
The Proteas coach believes his team created opportunities during the series, but didn’t press home the advantage
SA coach Mark Boucher blamed mental fragility and an inability to drive home their advantage in key moments of the second Test for the side’s series loss to Pakistan that centred on now all too familiar batting collapses.
The Proteas were beaten by 95 runs in Rawalpindi on Monday to lose the two-match series 2-0. Chasing a daunting 370 for victory, they were well placed just after lunch on the fifth day on 241/3 with two set batsmen, but lost their last seven wickets for only 33 runs.
“The way we played in big moments really cost us,” Boucher told reporters. “Our match awareness of when to tighten the screws was lacking. That is the reason we lost the game...