JOHANNESBURG - Consistency remains the SA Women’s cricket team’s watchword as it prepares to tackle the West Indies in the Caribbean next month, but in addition the team’s vice-captain wants the side to express itself better when put under pressure.
Chloe Tryon has never shied away in pressure situations, able to hit the ball harder and further, but the same can’t be said of her teammates and it’s an area she says will be under scrutiny when they face the World T20 champions on home-soil in a five match T20 series which will be preceded by a three-match ODI series that also forms part of the Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
Since South Africa’s last tour to England in July, where they lost the ODI series and performed poorly in the triangular T20 competition, Tryon said the players had spent a lot of time reflecting on where they went wrong, and how to improve. “We have to get out of our shells. I felt that when it got uncomfortable we just backed away,” she said.
Being more aggressive and expressing themselves better on the field has been an area where the SA Women’s side has improved, especially since Dane van Niekerk took over the captaincy. However Tryon explained that the top teams around the world had adopted even bolder approaches to their play and it’s a trend the South Africans must follow.
“The standard is very high the game is evolving, scores of 180 plus (in the T20 format) are being made, which are par scores in women’s cricket and you’ve got to keep to those standards. Sometimes you will be put in situations where you are uncomfortable and you can’t just back away. At that stage you must be accountable, take responsibility - hopefully the new girls learn from that,” Tryon added.
Besides the points on offer in the ICC Women’s Championship - which sees the top three ranked teams automatically qualify for the 2021 World Cup - the Proteas have a vital five-match T20 series that will form part of their preparation for the World T20 tournament that will also be played in the West Indies in November. “It’s a good chance for us to assess conditions and get acclimatised,” said Tryon.
South Africa’s seam bowlers, such a major strength of the side, will have to adapt to conditions which will not suit them - slightly slower paced pitches with lower bounce - and for coach Hilton Moreeng the bowling overall is an area that must improve after the England tour.
“We’ve had the bowlers in for three camps, there’s been a lot of chat between all of us because the bowling and fielding - with the exception of the first game (in England) - was very disappointing,” said Moreeng.
South Africa face the West Indies in the first ODI in Barbados on September 16. Momentum Proteas squad to West Indies: Dané van Niekerk (capt), Chloe Tryon (vice-capt), Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Masabata Klaas, Zintle Mali, Trisha Chetty, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith.