"I can't help but think they wished they had Ryan McLaren" - Graeme Smith

In their most recent ICC Cricket World Cup match, the Proteas suffered a shock defeat to a resurgent Pakistan side. The Proteas failed to chase down a modest target of 232 in the match, eventually losing by 29 runs despite a battling knock of 77 from captain AB de Villiers.

Speaking to 702's John Robbie, former Proteas Captain Graeme Smith says he is concerned by the Proteas record when chasing targets.

Graeme on the Protea's inherent skills:

There's still enough quality and match winners in that team to beat anybody

On World Cup scoring trends:

I think in general the World Cup has favoured the team batting first , if you look at the results across the board, the team batting first have won the game. So that's a worrying trends in this tournament.

And how they relate to the Proteas:

An issue for us is our first bowler and the balance of our team.

On Quinton de Kock:

It's a really tough time as a cricketer. I'm sure he's not sleeping well and every day he's working hard at the nets trying to find that little bit of something that helps it come into play for him. He's a naturally talented guy and this is probably the first time he's having to deal with it.

On selector decisions going forward:

I can't help but think they wished they had Ryan McLaren in the squad as an allrounder, so they can make decisions somewhere else.

He's [Quinton] your long term future. He's going to have a great future for South Africa. But do you [the selectors] in the short term go for someone that's in form, who's going to win you the quarter final, or do you back him against UAE and hope he gets runs?

Listen to John Robbie's full interview with Graeme Smith...

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