Getting used to conditions is key: Hilton Moreeng

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South Africa head coach Hilton Moreeng stressed on the importance of getting used to conditions, as they prepare for the tour of New Zealand. In what will be a final dress rehearsal before the T20 World Cup kicks off, Moreeng feels getting used to conditions will play a major role in the three-match ODI series and the five-match T20I series that follows.

First up are the ODI matches which will be part of the ICC Championship. Both the teams will be eager to win the matches and bag the six points which are up grabs.

"Our team is up for the challenge that the White Ferns will bring," said Moreeng.

South Africa have a strong squad at their disposal for the series against New Zealand as well as for the T20 World Cup, with Dane van Niekerk at the helm and Chloe Tryon returning as well.

"Two years ago when we played them at home we were at a different stage, but this team has gained valuable experience over the years and that will put us in good stead especially with some of our key personnel back in the squad," said the head coach.

"The beauty of our team now is that we can adapt to conditions and that will be the key. If you want to be rated as a side, you adapt to the conditions. It’s as simple as that and you try and compete in those conditions, even against a good opposition like the New Zealand Women."

New Zeland players are coming from a good run of form in the Super Smash League and Women's Big Bash League. Players such as Sophie Devine, Maddy Green, Suzie Bates, Amelia Kerr, Rachel Priest and Lea Tahuhu all are coming from a rich vein of form. Devine in particular after bagging the player of the tournament award in WBBL has got better and better in the Super Smash and Women's National Cricket League.

Moreeng has definitely taken notes of the players and feels it will be a tough series.

“New Zealand have a good solid all-round team and they have talent that has been together for some time now. It was a team that was in transition when they came to South Africa in 2018 and have settled into a unit now and that will make it to be a good contest,” he stated.