“In Pietermaritzburg, we practiced in slow conditions. The planning has been spot on, now it’s about execution in those tough conditions.” Those are the words of Proteas Women coach Hilton Moreeng ahead of their tour of India. The team will depart on Sunday for India where they will play in five T20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals starting on 24 September.
Moreeng is satisfied with the team’s preparation. “The preparation building up to India has been very good. Playing Bangladesh (in the Emerging Series) was important because we will face similar bowlers in India, said Moreeng. “
South Africa and other teams usually find it difficult to adjust to the spin and turn offered in the sub-continent.
During the Proteas Women’s training camp in Pietermaritzburg, the team practiced on slow and spin-friendly conditions, the type of playing conditions they are likely to face against a strong Indian side.
“In Pietermaritzburg we also practiced in slow and low conditions. The planning has been spot on, now it’s about execution in those tough conditions. But we have given ourselves a good chance, said Moreeng.”
Moreeng said that Pietermaritzburg was very good for his side. It was sort of a pre-season for the Proteas Women. The focus during preparation was on skill work at all the different levels.
“In Pietermaritzburg, we brought everyone together and it was a very good exercise for us ahead of India. Again, it’s a World Cup season and it’s very important for us to improve. We want to have a better season ahead, thus the camps and all the planning.
”The India series forms part of their preparations to next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia and their upcoming fixtures in the International Women’s Championship (IWC) away to New Zealand and at home to Australia.
A lot has changed ever since Moreeng’s side had a dismal ICC T20 World Cup 2018 in the Caribbean where they failed to reach progress from their group.
“The bigger picture is always the World Cup…knowing what is coming, how you’re going to test yourself there against a very good team that knows the conditions well.
“The youngsters are coming through and I think we can safely say that we have three players per position that are competing. This puts us in a better position compared to where we were 12 months ago,” Moreeng adds.
“It will be very exciting to see how things go in India where we are playing against one of the top teams and in their conditions. “If we can do well, I think it can set us up nicely for the season ahead, including our International Women Championship (IWC) series against New Zealand in January.”
The Proteas Women coaching staff will be looking to give youngsters and new players such as Nondumiso Shangase and Nonkululeko Mlaba an opportunity. “The youngsters coming through also have a great opportunity to play alongside the experienced girls in the squad, remember some of these girls are playing in T20 leagues and lining up alongside these players is of huge benefit, “concluded Moreeng.
T20I: Sune Luus (Northerns, Capt), Anneke Bosch (North West), Tasmin Brits (North West), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Sinalo Jafta (WP), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Lara Goodall (WP), Lizelle Lee (North West), Nonkululeko Mlaba (KZN Coastal), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Nondumiso Shangase (KZN Coastal), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Lara Wolvaardt (WP)
ODI: Sune Luus (Northerns, Capt), Anneke Bosch (North West), Trisha Chetty (Gauteng), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Lara Goodall (WP), Marizanne Kapp (EP), Lizelle Lee (North West), Nonkululeko Mlaba (KZN Coastal), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Nondumiso Shangase (KZN Coastal), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Lara Wolvaardt (WP)