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Domingo pleased with Proteas' progress

The coach believes his side's performances at the World Twenty20 showed their improvements.

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis (L) and coach Russell Domingo speak to the press after arriving back in South Africa. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas coach Russell Domingo believes his side has made great strides forward despite their failure to win the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh

Speaking after arriving back in South Africa on Monday, Domingo said the semi-final defeat to India showed how far the team has progressed, adding that they simply lost to a few notable performances from the Indians on the night.

"We were in this game for 36 of the 40 overs, so that in itself shows progress. I thought we played really good cricket, but unfortunately one or two things didn't go our way. Virat Kohli said after the game that he probably played the best T20 knock he's ever played, so there are times when you're going to be outplayed by a better side on the night."

Domingo also hit out at former players who have criticised the team's performances following their semi-final defeat.

Having failed to win trophies themselves during their time with the team, Domingo says they should understand the pressure the team was under better than anyone else.

"The opinions that really count in my life are the opinions of the players, and a group of people that are close to me. It's disappointing that players who have been in those situations before, have made mistakes before, and who have come second in World Cups before, have come out and thrown darts. It's easy to sit behind a pen or a mic and throw darts and make comments when they're not there and don't see what's happening."

Proteas captain Faf Du Plessis says the team's performance at the tournament has shown that South Africa has learnt how to perform on the big stage.

"This team has proven to a lot of people that we can play in a high-pressure environment. Batting first against India in a semi-final, losing a wicket in the first over, that's pretty high pressure. To get 170 against those bowlers was a really good effort. So I think in terms of playing the big moments, this team has certainly shown that we can perform."

The Proteas Women also progressed to the semi-finals of their tournament, advancing beyond the group stages for the first time in three attempts.

Captain Mignon du Preez says their performance shows women's cricket is going in the right direction in South Africa.

"It's a very exciting time for women's cricket in South Africa. We've come a long way and have been working very hard. It just took some time, and now you can finally see our hard work getting rewarded. It's special for us because before the World Cup we were ranked sixth, and now we're ranked third. That is an achievement in itself."

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