8 Mar 2011

South Africa cricketers not chokers

5:51 am on 8 March 2011

The South Africa cricket captain Graeme Smith is rejecting claims his side had choked again at the World Cup after a dramatic six-run loss to England at the world cup in India.

Defeat ended the Proteas' unbeaten start to the tournament and raised fresh questions about their nerve in tight games.

Needing just 172 to win, they were cruising at 63 without loss but capitulated to be all out for 165.

After the match Smith was questioned about his side's composure but maintains his side has handled itself well in tough situations over the past few years.

Smith has always insisted that his team's fighting credentials were proved beyond doubt two years ago when he led South Africa to their first Test series win in Australia.