Proteas’ self-belief tops Ottis Gibson’s to-do list

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The national cricket coach has to restore players’ faith after their loss to India...

For a coach fresh from plotting the defeat of the No1-ranked Test team Ottis Gibson spent a lot of time immediately after the series talking about what went wrong for his men. Perhaps it was because the embers of India’s 63-run win at the Wanderers on Saturday still glowed as Gibson spoke. Or that‚ in his five Tests in charge‚ he had finished on the wrong end of the equation for the first time. But that could not change the fact that Gibson had come through his first major series at SA’s helm with a 2-1 win. "Having gone two-down we knew [India] were going to come back hard at us. A lot of credit must go to them for the way they played in this match … they deserved to win," he said. That India did — just like SA outplayed them to win by 72 runs at Newlands and by 135 runs in Centurion. But the home side’s success was not unqualified. They scored no centuries despite their 10 half-centuries in a series in which Aiden Markram’s 94 at Centurion was the top score.

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