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Proteas arrive home to heroes welcome

Proteas fans flocked to OR Tambo International Airport to welcome home the team this morning.

Fans were at OR Tambo International Airport to welcome back the Proteas following their Cricket World Cup exit. Picture: Morena Mothupi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Proteas have returned home to a heroes welcome from Australia and New Zealand following their exit from the Cricket World Cup.

Captain AB de Villiers and coach Russell Domingo arrived first to greet fans along with Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander and members of the management team.

Captain A.B taking selfies with the supporters @officialCSA https://t.co/V32jB7lebG

#ProteasReturn Here come the boys... pic.twitter.com/FpyKPjOK0z

Proteas fans turned out in their supporters gear at OR Tambo International Airport to welcome back part of the squad following their exit in the tournament, a reality many South Africans are still finding hard to swallow.

Domingo says it's taken him some time to accept the loss but has thanked the team for its undying spirit despite the loss.

"It's been a tough few days for the Proteas and for management. I sat in my room the day after the game and watched the highlights, maybe eight times, to see what could have been done better and differently. But I'm very proud the way the team conducted itself. We have an amazing team, all 15 of them."

#ProteasReturn Faf du Plessis with an adoring fan of his own. pic.twitter.com/45tCoXZifm

But due to logistical issues and lack of flights, the team couldn't return as a whole

#ProteasReturn Few fans turned up at OR Tambo to welcome back the squad. This guy's clearly still hurting #CWC15 pic.twitter.com/NpzwyJs2xT

South Africa entered the tournament as one of the favourites and plenty was expected from AB de Villiers's men.

Captain A.B taking selfies with the supporters @officialCSA https://t.co/V32jB7lebG

  • Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) March 27, 2015 The balance of the team will return in drips and drabs over the next few days.