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Morris asks fans to back under the pump South Africa

Chris Morris has asked fans to keep supporting South Africa after a disastrous start to their World Cup campaign has seen them slump to three losses on the trot.

The Proteas' hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the tournament have been dealt a huge blow by their latest defeat at the hands of India by 6 wickets. This loss was preceded by a 104-run hammering from hosts England in the World Cup opener, followed by a 21-run beating by Bangladesh.

"It's pretty simple: lose three in a row at the World Cup, and you need to win every game from now on in," Morris told reporters.

"But the guys know what needs to be done, they are disappointed and a little bit angry," he added.

"We'll sort that out in our heads tonight and when the sun comes up we'll go again.

"It's pretty simple: win the next six and crack on."

'We are mentally fresh'

Morris made significant all-round contributions in the match as he led a late South African fightback with the bat following a top-order collapse triggered by the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Later, the 32-year-old kept things tight with the bat in hand but it proved to be insufficient as Indian opener Rohit Sharma struck an emphatic 122 not out to carry his side over the line.

Despite the hectic scheduling of the matches that has seen South Africa play three games in the span of six days, Morris admitted his teammates were mentally prepared for the challenge in the remainder of the World Cup.

"The schedule has been a bit tough," admitted Morris.

"Mentally we are pretty fresh, it's quite draining to go three down.

"But I think we'll be okay, there's a lot of strong-willed guys in that team."

He added: "The fans at home, all we can say to them is 'stay with us, back us as much as we can and we'll try and perform for you'".

'We know how the wicket will play'

A lively new ball spell from Bumrah removed South Africa's openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock cheaply, after which the Proteas never really recovered.

Faf du Plessis' men are now scheduled to face the West Indies on Monday on the same venue and Amla believes his side's batsmen will have learned from their mistakes made against the Indian pace line-up.

"Generally you learn more when you lose, although we would have loved to win," said Amla.

"We know how the wicket will play -- we anticipated it would be higher-scoring but it gave more assistance to the bowlers than we thought. It nipped right until the end, it wasn't a 300 type of wicket probably close to 250, 260."

Amla has been woefully out of form in the two games he has played in the showpiece event thus far and was forced to miss the clash against Bangladesh after he was struck on the head by a well-directed bouncer from England's Jofra Archer.

He, nevertheless, claimed this injury had nothing to do with his dismissal during the game against India, where he edged a rising delivery from Bumrah to Sharma stationed at first slip.

"I was feeling great. As a batsman that's just part and parcel, you are going to get hit -- it's not the first time and it won't be the last," he said with a laugh.