Cape Town - The Proteas women might have stumbled in the opening match of the T20 World Cup against Sri Lanka, but Chloe Tryon insists that the South Africans will stick to their processes and return to basics when they face New Zealand today (7pm start).
The Proteas faltered against Sri Lanka on Friday, losing the match by three runs in front of a raucous Newlands – a result that has put them on the immediate offensive in their matches ahead, starting with the White Ferns at Boland Park in Paarl.
Speaking ahead of the vital round-robin clash against New Zealand, Tryon addressed the team’s pitfalls in the first match, while also emphasising the importance of looking forward.
In particular, the Proteas managed to restrict the island nation to 129/4 but then conspired against themselves with a weak chasing effort, slumping to 126/9 in their allotted 20 overs.w
“It’s obviously a difficult game to lose the way we did,” Tryon said in a statement released by Cricket SA.
“As a group, we try not to look into that too much. We’ve been a quality side, playing really good cricket.
“As a batting unit, that one innings doesn’t define us, so you have to kind of park it. It’s just (about) doing the basics.
“I just didn’t feel as a batting unit we did the right things; no partnerships and no-one kind of putting up their hands.
“For us it’s just about making sure that we’re doing those basics right.
“(It’s a) very important game against New Zealand coming up so we can’t take anyone lightly. It’s just important that we do the right things and let the result take care of itself,” the 29-year old added.
On a personal note, Tryon is preparing to play her 85th T20 for SA, with the all-rounder in formidable form with the bat.
Prior to her innings against Sri Lanka, Tryon recorded her maiden half-century in the T20 Tri-Series final against India in East London, before following that up with a dominant 65 off just 23 deliveries in the first World Cup warm-up match against England in Stellenbosch.
Ahead of today’s contest in Paarl, Tryon explained how experience and her leadership role within the squad has benefited her form with bat and ball.
“I’ve been working really hard. I’ve been here for like 12, 13 years, it’s quite long, but (I am) just understanding my role a lot more and being a senior player, (I have) been able to take responsibility a lot more, not just with batting, but with bowling and leadership in the team.
“I understand my role a lot more and I want to win many games with South Africa,” Tyron commented.