All-rounder Marizanne Kapp has been ruled out of the Proteas Women’s second Pool B match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup due to a respiratory tract infection.
Head coach Hilton Moreeng, meanwhile, has called for a fresh focus.
‘Each of the players have to start again from zero,’ urged Moreeng.
‘We need to make sure that as a team, we start applying ourselves in key moments of the game and win the small battles.
‘Ultimately, the key is to take it one game at a time.’
His sentiments come on the back of South Africa’s emphatic six-wicket win against England. And while it proved to be an all-round team effort, Moreeng credited the maturity shown by his senior players – none more so than veteran Mignon du Preez.
Playing in her 100th T20 International, the batter maintained her composure in the final over of the match as she struck a six and four as South Africa chased down the 124-run target with two balls to spare.
‘The way Mignon handled the pressure to get us over the line – with the calmness and composure – is exactly what we’ve been yearning for as a team,’ he added.
‘At the end of the day you need players with calm heads in those situations and she applied herself perfectly.’
Moreeng will expect more of the same accomplished approach when his side face Thailand, who currently find themselves languishing at the bottom of Pool B, after suffering two defeats by the West Indies and England, respectively.
Thailand are somewhat of an unknown quantity on the international circuit, with this being their maiden World Cup. But the Proteas, and indeed Moreeng, are weary of the threat that they and any other opponent can pose in the shortest format.
‘They are a good, emerging side with a spin-orientated bowling attack. It’s important that we focus on what we can do as a team because they will be hungry to win the match. It’s a T20 game – anything can happen,’ he said.
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