CAPE TOWN - Proteas women captain Dane van Niekerk admits her team needs to go back to the “drawing board” after losing both the ODI and T20 series to India.
Last year’s ICC World Cup runners-up claimed the ODI series 2-1, winning the first two matches by 88 and 178 runs respectively. The margins of victory in the 3-1 T20 series win were equally convincing, with South Africa going down by seven wickets, nine wickets and 54 runs.
“That’s one thing we’ve addressed and we have to go back to the drawing board,” Van Niekerk said. “The way we’ve been losing isn’t pleasing at all. A loss never is pleasing but if you go out with a fight and the margins are smaller you can quite stomach it.
"The way we lose - like we spoke about the attacking brand of cricket - and even if we lose we want to lose in an attacking way and not in the manner we have.”
The reasons for South Africa’s defeats have primarily been due to the poor form of the batsmen. Van Niekerk’s team were bundled out for just 112 at Newlands. In the ODI’s they were also bundled out for 125 and 125 on a couple of occasions.
“Our batting department has struggled in the past, but we are getting to 140-plus consistently. That’s a big positive. And the fact that we haven’t played (T20I cricket) in 18 months and the way we came out and played - we said we wanted to play an attacking brand - and I think we have done that very well. We got beaten by a better team,” she said.
Much like their Proteas men counterparts, the women’s team also struggled to maximise the advantage of the fielding restrictions implemented in the powerplay overs. India gained a significant advantage during the first six overs and it is definitely an area the Proteas need to improve upon ahead of the Women’s World T20 in the Caribbean later this year.
“I think the difference in powerplay overs, obviously,” Van Niekerk said. “India bowled a lot of good balls and very few balls in myself and Lizelle’s hitting areas. We really tried to take it at them but the change of pace did us in a bit. But credit to India, they played a very good match.”