SA women battle ready for England

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Proteas women Aug 24 Gallo Images Sune Luus with Mignon du Preez during the Proteas women's final training camp in Pretoria.

Johannesburg – The Proteas women’s team have completed their final camp ahead of their departure for England on Monday.

The Proteas women’s cricket team completed their final three-day camp at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Centre of Excellence in Pretoria before their two, three-match Twenty20 series against England and Ireland from September 1 to 10.

“We’ve been preparing for this tour for the past three months,” coach Hilton Moreeng said in a statement on Sunday.

“The team have been involved in the CSA National Academy for the first time in history and this has served us well in helping our players prepare for all eventualities in England.

“We know that it’s going to be a tough tour but I’m backing our preparation and the team’s drive to see us through.”

South Africa have not toured England since 2008 and have lost all of their matches against the world’s number-three side in their recent clashes.

Most recently, they went down to the English in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20 earlier this year, but captain Mignon du Preez said all that was behind them now.

“England are definitely one of our toughest competitors and we have a lot of respect for them, but we are a completely different side from the one they faced in the World T20,” Du Preez said.

“Being part of the National Academy has benefited us immensely and we are mentally stronger than we have ever been.

“I’m looking forward to a really competitive series against England and Ireland, in conditions that are foreign to us, and putting all the lessons of the last three months to good use.

“The team are really amped to get going and are excited to show what we’ve got.”

Proteas women’s team: Mignon du Preez (captain), Trisha Chetty (vice captain), Moseline Daniels, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Matshipi Letsoalo, Sunette Loubser, Sune Luus, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Chloe Tryon, Andrie Steyn, Dane van Niekerk. – Sapa


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