Kagiso Rabada says his side must learn the painful lessons from their shocking run in the World Cup.
South Africa were eliminated from the mega-event after their 49-run loss against Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday.
Proteas ace paceman Rabada hopes the squad can come back stronger and wiser as a result of their poor run in England and Wales.
"There have been times where we've been really unlucky. At the same time, there have been times where we have let ourselves down," he said.
"But there are plenty of learnings. That's why we play this game. It's not easy.
"As much as you want to be at the top, you will never find it smooth sailing.
"It's extremely tough and when you're playing out there, you experience all these feelings, the highs and the lows and that's part of the game."
Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has urged South Africa to learn from England’s remarkable rise in the ODIs, who struggled at the World Cup four years back but now are strong contenders to lift the trophy.
"Now the key is to bounce back and to plan forward and stay positive," Rabada said.
"We will definitely be back firing and looking to really nail some of the things we wanted to nail in this tournament."
Despite doing well in the IPL, Rabada has been one of South Africa's biggest World Cup disappointments, with just six wickets at a high average of 50.83
"I got a lot more results in the IPL. In this tournament, I think I have just done okay," Rabada said.
"I would have liked to have done better. These are the tournaments you really want to stand up in."