We hope that the novelty and excitement of participating in the Commonwealth Games as part of the larger South Africa team will allow the Proteas women’s cricket team to return to their strengths and recover from a whirlwind run of six consecutive defeats against England when they play New Zealand in their game. opening at Edgbaston on Saturday.
Team unity will rarely matter more to the Proteas, as they are without most of their leading individual stars – Liesel Lee has retired, Marisanne Kapp has returned to South Africa for family reasons, Dane van Niekerk is still injured, and Trisha Chetty and Toumi Sekhukhune are also out. good for playing.
They were also in England for a long time, regularly taking blows to their morale, with key players such as Shabnim Ismail, Sune Luus and Mignon du Prez struggling for form.
Coach Hilton Moreng tried to lighten the mood.
“It’s very exciting to be able to participate in the Games, this is a first for us and you can see the joy of the players, they know they have the opportunity to do something special.
“This is a very happy camp and we are happy to represent South Africa. The main thing is that we have acclimatized and can adapt very well to the conditions of Birmingham.
“Also, we played against a very competitive team like England, who are always in the first pair, and they tested us well. We went back to the drawing board to see how we could improve.
“We have learned a lot playing against England and now we will use that to see how we can win the Commonwealth Games. We will need to shoot in all of our disciplines,” Moreng said.
remembered the dominance of New Zealand
Although New Zealand have been inactive since the World Cup in March, it must be remembered that they beat Proteas 3-1 in their previous meeting back in February 2020, ending the streak with a 69-round victory in Wellington.
England and Sri Lanka are the other teams in Group Bso it’s likely that whoever wins Saturday’s clash between kiwis and proteas will advance to the semi-finals along with the hosts.
But New Zealand are losing in global women’s competition and South Africa are hoping their greater game edge will allow them to put pressure on their rivals.