Following a rather disappointing T20 World Cup last year in the Caribbean, the Proteas Women are hard at work in preparation for their inbound tour against Sri Lanka and all-Rounder Chloe Tyron says some of the ladies are staying behind after practice in order to improve their game.
“The mood is really good, the girls are excited to get out here, obviously we had a long 2018. It was nice to get some time at home during December… the girls are really excited, a lot of them are doing extra…everyone is working where they need to,” said Tryon.
Tryon and fifteen other Proteas Women players including promising youngsters of the Powerade National Academy are currently in camp at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Centre of Excellence in Pretoria where Hilton Moreeng and his coaching staff are putting the ladies through some intense drills.
The 24-year-old power hitter said they are not doing to dwell on the past but they have to fix their T20 World Cup mistakes when they take on Sri Lanka in the first of three T20 Internationals at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on February 1. The Proteas struggled a lot more especially with the bat.
“You got to forget about that, obviously we have to learn from our mistakes, we have got to rectify them moving forward especially we have a series coming up soon, so we have to take all those negatives and turn them into positives. Is nice to start with the T20s and move to the 50 over game but right now the mood is looking good so far.”
Six senior players of the Proteas side are currently in Australia, competing in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) for their respective clubs with coach Moreeng keeping a close eye on them. They are: Marizanne Kapp, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Laura Wolvaardt and captain Dané van Niekerk.
“We’re definitely keeping a keen eye on the senior players in the WBBL. We have good monitoring systems from a conditioning and skills perspective which keeps us informed on what is happening with them,” said Moreeng.
When you talk about destructive and powerful hitters of the ball, not only in the Women’s game but in World cricket, Tryon’s name will come up but surprisingly she is yet to play in the WBBL.
The KwaZulu-Natal born player said the academy girls are blending in and they have a lot of cricket conversations as a team. “Is been a while since we played back home… a lot of the girls want to get out there and start batting and making more runs for their country,” said Tryon.
“We had a few youngsters coming to the world cup with us, is nice to have them coming to camp so they know what to expect especially if someone does get injured and they have to come in for them, they have an idea of what is expected of them,” concluded Tryon.
Proteas National Women’s Camp Squad:
Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Andrie Steyn (Western Province), Masabata Klaas (North West), Trisha Chetty (Gauteng), Moseline Daniels (Boland), Robyn Searle (Gauteng), Tumi Sekhukhune (Easterns), Lara Goodall (Western Province), Faye Tunnicliffe (Boland), Tazmin Brits (North West), Zintle Mali (Border), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns), Nonkululeko Thabethe (Gauteng).