Chloe Tryon hopeful that women's cricket will get going again

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South Africa allrounder Chloe Tryon is looking forward to playing some cricket, but wants the side to go about it in the right and safe way. Speaking to the media, on Friday (July 31), after South Africa successfully completed their first camp since the forced break, she is hopeful that the momentum women’s cricket gained won’t be halted.

"It will definitely mean a lot, if we could step out and play some cricket after four months. It’s been a long wait; the girls were definitely on a high after the (T20) World Cup (in Australia) despite the result,” Tryon said. “To be able to step out now with regards to what's happening around the world would mean a lot to us and hopefully it will get women's cricket going again. Also making sure that we are going about it the right way, just staying safe as well, and yeah, we are really looking forward to it.”

South Africa’s home series against Australia in March was cancelled due to restrictions imposed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and they are now scheduled to travel to England for bilateral series against the hosts in September.

Tryon, vice-captain of South Africa, said it was nice to get back to training after a difficult period of being not able to see her team-mates. She said adapting to the new regulations is something they all have to learn.

“The wait has been really difficult, if you think back, we have obviously been in New Zealand, played some really good cricket there," she said. "I think the girls played really good cricket, obviously at the World Cup despite the semi-final loss. So, we are really on a high as a team and it's been quite hard not to get to see each other and it's nice to get back into it I guess and be ready for an upcoming series."

"It's been definitely good to see my teammates, but also a little weird because we are not actually spending much time together. So, we're kind of at a distance, but it's just nice to catch up when we cross paths and if half of them are doing batting and other half are doing bowling. So, it's nice to catch up, it's been a long time since we have seen each other and I was really excited to see everyone.”

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“The new norm during training is pretty tough, obviously everyone is kind of scattered. But, yeah, the regulations are really really hard, obviously under the circumstances all the girls are very aware of what needs to happen and everyone has been really good this week with regards to keeping distance making sure we sanitizing everything. The girls are really adapting to it, it's something obviously we have to get used to,” she added.

Tryon, who has played 143 international matches, said although she found it difficult to keep herself fit initially during the lockdown, her focus was to get more fit and become more mentally strong.

"Keeping fit during lockdown wasn't easy, but the stuff I could control is making sure that I was keeping updated with my game and working on the stuff that I needed to,” said the 26-year-old.

"I feel like I lacked in that. So, I just made sure that I did everything I needed to do every single day and I just wanted to get myself more fit and more mentally strong. I am just thankful that during lockdown I worked on my fitness and reached my different goals.”

Tryon, who previously played for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), said the decision to re-sign with the club was an easy one. She feels her time with the Hurricanes has helped her evolve as a player and a person.

"The decision to sign for Hobart Hurricanes was, for me, definitely a no-brainer. I had a really good season there. I learnt a lot about my game, met with new people, just the culture was fantastic there and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I fitted in really well and you know it was good to get the knowledge from the game, especially before a World Cup being able to play there. So, I am really excited to be going back there and hopefully I can do more for the team. Hopefully it just makes me get better and better. I am really excited to get back,” she concluded.