South Africa geared up for Women’s ODI series
The Proteas women are looking forward to the start of their three-match, One-Day International series against Pakistan on Monday. They concluded their seven-day pre-tour camp in Potchefstroom today after a rigorous week of intensive training.
It is the home team’s first tour after their successful encounter against Sri Lanka in March that saw them claim their fourth consecutive series whitewash at home after beating the visitors 3-0 in both the ODI and T20 series.
The last time the sides met, South Africa emerged the winners by three wickets in their opening match of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England. Before that, it was again the Proteas who were the 2-1 ODI series victors in Sharjah in the UAE, coming back fighting after losing the first fixture.
Pakistan have also enjoyed a successful start to the year, having secured a historic, 2-1 series win against West Indies in Dubai. It was their first series win against the ladies from the Caribbean.
Interim Proteas captain, Suné Luus is looking forward to leading the team while Dané van Niekerk continues her recovery from a stress fracture of the neck of the femur. The twenty-three-year-old is pleased with the quality of her team’s preparation over the last few days.
“I think our preparation’s been very good,” she commented. “We had two warm-up games and in all the games a few of the players stepped up and we worked on our lines and lengths and what our plans are gonna be on these types of wickets. Everyone’s in high spirits and ready to go.
“I think the batters are looking very good at the moment. In both games (warm-up) we had good opening starts. Hundred-run partnerships in both and everyone coming in from there played their role very well, so I’m really excited to see what the batters are going to give us this whole tour.
“Dané (van Niekerk) was here for the pre-tour camp, kinda just giving guidance and some advice,” she continued. “We had a good chat where she kinda also handed over the captaincy to me for this tour. It was a very cool moment for me, just knowing that she backs me and that the whole team is behind me being captain.”
With Pakistan’s predominantly spin-bowling attack, the young skipper is confident that her team has done its due diligence ahead of the ODI series that has six crucial ICC Women’s Championship points up for grabs.
“We’ve worked on spin quite a bit so I think everyone has a plan for what is coming,” Luus explained. “Even for the tour against Sri Lanka, we put in quite a lot of work in our game plans for spin and we’ve kept all those lessons with us. Everyone is well prepared for what is coming tomorrow and for the rest of the tour.
“We’re not looking too far ahead of ourselves, we’re just going to take it one game at a time, but everyone is very motivated because we know that getting those six points is very important,” she concluded.
The first ODI will be played at Senwest Park on 06 May 2019 from 10:00 local time. Entrance is free. The whole Pakistan tour to South Africa will be live streamed on the Cricket South Africa YouTube channel (link here ). Regular updates will be available through Cricket South Africa’s platforms on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cricketsouthafrica) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/officialcsa).
Proteas women’s T20 team
Mon 06 Day 1st Women’s ODI Senwes Park Potchefstroom
Thu 09 Day 2nd Women’s ODI Senwes Park Potchefstroom
Sun 12 Day 3rd Women’s ODI Willowmoore Park Benoni
Wed 15 Day 1st Women’s T20I Assupol Tuks Oval Pretoria
Sat 18 Day 2nd Women’s T20I Pietermaritzburg Oval Pietermaritzburg
Sun 19 Day 3rd Women’s T20I Pietermaritzburg Oval Pietermaritzburg
Wed 22 Day 4th Women’s T20I Willowmoore Park Benoni
Thu 23 Day 5th Women’s T20I Willowmoore Park Benoni