JOHANNESBURG – Proteas captain Dane van Niekerk, praised her young team’s liberated approach with the bat at Centurion yesterday as they wrapped up the T20 international series against Sri Lanka 3-0.
Gone were the nerves of the first two games in a much better performance by the South Africans after they had stumbled across the line to claim a series win at the Wanderers last Sunday.
They were aggressive with the bat yesterday, and played more freely than had been the case a few days ago. Also more importantly they weren’t as reliant on Van Niekerk as they had been in the first two matches.
She still top scored with 38, but there were also good innings from Tazmin Brits who scored 36 (30b, 4x4, 1x6) and Lara Goodall, who struck the ball cleanly in a lively innings of 35 (30b, 3x4).
“At the Wanderers, we were a bit too cute and ‘pushy’ towards the ball, and while we know that there’s a lot of inexperience in the side, we wanted everyone to back their ability to hit the ball,” Van Niekerk said.