Lee thinks Pre-tournament warm-up matches are ideal opportunity to measure themselves

Lee thinks Pre-tournament warm-up matches are ideal opportunity to measure themselves

Lizelle Lee in action. © ICC

Prior to the World T20, South Africa attended a pre-tournament camp in Antigua and they are all charged up for the mega event which will start from November 9 in the West Indies. Opening batter Lizelle Lee is happy the way the team has evolved their training sessions so far and believes that the team can do well in this mega event.

South Africa's camp has included two unofficial warm-up matches against England and India on October 29 and November 1 before they leave for St. Lucia. They are placed in Group A and will play against the host and defending champions West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and World Cup Qualifier winners Bangladesh.

She thinks that these matches will help them to prepare better and will help to understand team's progress before the competition and will give them a idea to work on the loopholes.

"The team is looking really good," she told. "We had our first training session yesterday and we hit the ground running. The mood in the camp is very good, we're excited to be here and are looking forward to tomorrow's warm-up game against England."

"You always want to win games of cricket but I don't think that we're too bothered about that for tomorrow. We want to see how we go about the things that we have been working on, to try and see what works for us and what doesn't. We've come a long way since the England tour in June and this will be a good opportunity for us to see how we go and if the lessons have stuck. Hopefully, the girls will score a few good runs and take some wickets and we'll see if we're implementing the things we have been working on well enough."

She further added, "For me, one of the outcomes that I really want to see from tomorrow's game is how we go about playing positively especially in the batting, she continued. I also want to see us making the most of the conditions we are given by adapting to them a lot faster than we have done in the past."

Though South Africa had a not-so-good tour of the West Indies where they drew both the three-match ODI and five-match T20 series. According to Lee, the tour helped them to prepare for the World T20. As most of the players had never been there in the Windies before and struggled to adapt the conditions but this tour helped them a lot to adapt to the situation.

"I was just saying to Hilton yesterday that we could have been in Pretoria right now having a pre-camp there which wouldn't have prepared us half as well as what we're doing here. Credit to CSA (Cricket South Africa) for helping us to get here earlier so that we can adapt again to the conditions before the tournament gets started. The rest is now up to us.?"

South Africa will start their campaign on November 12 against Sri Lanka at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.


Dane van Niekerk (c), Chloe Tryon, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt, Zintle Mali, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith, Trisha Chetty.

Read the Next Article