South Africa's AB de Villiers offered no excuses after defeat by England

Last Updated: 19/06/13 10:49pm

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers says his side struggled from the start during their loss to England in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers' could not hide his frustration as his side went down to a comprehensive seven wicket defeat to England in their Champions Trophy semi-final.

The result, which extends their record in tournament semi-finals to just one win in nine, was never seriously in doubt despite a late flurry from the tail-enders.

They recovered from 80-8 as David Miller (56no) and Rory Kleinveldt (43) added 95 for the ninth wicket but Jonathan Trott (82no) ensured the hosts passed their target of 175 with 12 overs to spare.

"Credit to the England bowlers but we've only got ourselves to blame," said De Villiers. "We didn't play well and we were under press from the word 'go'.

"David Miller played very well and he and Rory gave us a chance at the end but it's not good enough. I'm proud of them, we probably would have been bowled out for 100 without them.

"There are no excuses, we believe we had the talent to win this tournament but it didn't work out that way. It's bitterly disappointing - we didn't play well enough, it's as simple as that."

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