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'It was always going to be difficult' - CSA chief requests fans to be patient
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'It was always going to be difficult' - CSA chief requests fans to be patient

Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe has asked the country's supporters to be patient with the Test side which is currently trailing 0-2 in the three-match series against India.

South Africa, still in the throes of rebuilding, are yet to get off the mark in the World Test Championship points table.

They were comprehensively outclassed by the dominant Indian side in successive Tests, losing the game in Pune by a huge margin of an innings and 137 runs.

This was South Africa's first international assignment after their seventh-place finish in the World Cup earlier in the summer.

"It was always going to be a difficult challenge taking on the top team in the world –- certainly under their own conditions –- at a time when we have introduced a new team structure," Moroe said.

CSA initiated a major overhaul of the support staff as they sacked the previous coach Ottis Gibson and fired the selection panel following their poor World Cup show.

CSA then sought to appoint a football-style manager in charge of all team matters and the selection of the coaching staff.

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Enoch Nkwe was elevated to the role of the team director in an interim capacity while Corrie van Zyl was made the acting director of cricket and convener of selectors.

Moroe admitted South Africa were suffering the consequences of the retirements of several key members of the side in recent times.

"In the past two years we have had to bid farewell to some of the great names of international cricket such as AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn who between them played nearly 450 Test matches for the Proteas."

"You don't replace that kind of experience overnight and we need to give a new generation time to settle."

'These are exciting times for South African cricket'

Moroe felt South Africa's inexperienced squad would grow into a more competitive unit in the near future.

He hoped fans will witness a vastly improved performance from the team when England visit South Africa for the Test series in December and January.

"These are exciting times for South African cricket with new names and faces coming to the fore.

"Our talent pipeline has produced the likes of Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Zubayr Hamza over the last few years and our development systems are clearly in good shape," he said.

Van Zyl, meanwhile, pointed out India's invincible status at home where they have now won a record 11 consecutive series.

He believed the youngsters in South Africa's line-up will gradually step up and deliver for their side.

"This is an Indian team that has been together for some time now and is well accustomed to playing in their home conditions," said van Zyl.

"I strongly believe we have the players to win games and the youngsters will come right."