Johannesburg: Gary Kirsten says South Africa's cricketers will have to take their latest failure at a major limited overs tournament "on the chin" after their elimination in the Super Eights stage at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
The coach offered no excuses for the Proteas' early exit, even after what he called a "highly pressurized" Test series in England before the T20 showpiece.
Kirsten conceded South Africa is "unsettled" in the shortest format and still has to work out how to remove "the collective mist" that hangs over the squad every time it goes to a World Cup.
South Africa has a long history of failing at cricket's major tournaments and has underachieved at every World Cup since 1996.
Captain AB de Villiers said South Africa lacked "killer instinct."