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De Villiers: This defeat is the lowest point in my career

Following the Proteas’ loss to New Zealand, captain AB de Villiers says he’s never felt so low.

South African captain AB de Villiers kneels down after New Zealand beat the Proteas in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Eden Park in Auckland on 24 March 2015. Picture: Cricket SA.

AUCKLAND - Proteas captain AB de Villiers said Tuesday's defeat against New Zealand marked the lowest point in his career.

South Africa lost the semi-fina l in Auckland by four wickets.

De Villiers cut a dejected figure at the after-match press conference following his side's four wicket loss to the Black Caps at Eden Gardens.

South Africa was in with the chance with New Zealand needing 11 runs off the final over.

But Kiwi batsman Grant Elliott smashed a six off the penultimate ball to secure his team the win.

De Villiers said he'd never felt so low.

"I have absolutely no idea what to do from here on in, I don't even know when we'll be going home. It's going to take some time. As a captain I'll be there for the guys as much as I can, there's nothing we can do about it now."

The Proteas now return home while New Zealand move on to the final where they'll face either Australia or India.

South Africans are still showing their love and support for the Proteas.

Well done to @ABdeVilliers17 @faf1307 @amlahash @QuinnyDeKock69 @DaleSteyn62 & rest of the team - we are all still very proud #ProteaFire

Waking up to reality after a nap is horrible. Ugh. Still feel incredibly disheartened.. when will this feeling go away :( #ProteaFire

Nevertheless, we are still proud of the boys! #ProteaFire #NZvSA #CWC15 pic.twitter.com/o3s6Xlx0Dw

Well done SA ain't the end of the world #ProteaFire you did us proud@OfficialCSA @faf1307 @ABdeVilliers17 @DavidMillerSA12

Don't cry #ABDevilliers .You hav won all our hearts.south Africa is a great team. The best to me.Have a good future ahead #cwc15 #ProteaFire

For the love of the game... #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/djr0PT9tCv

Even though you have lost the match but you've won the nations pride...Bunch of champions #proteafire #CWC15 pic.twitter.com/AqD3KgVyLg

@ScoopWhoop @bhogleharsha @ABdeVilliers17 the #ProteaFire will not extinguish so easily. The best is yet to come. 2019 shall be yours indeed

Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat, meanwhile, said the next chapter in South African cricket needed to start now.

Lorgat said the team and the country needed to "soldier on".

"The boys have taken it quite hard; they feel very disappointed. In fact all of us… fans, people at home are very sad over the loss. It starts with us, we must pick ourselves up."