Lizelle Lee aims to be more than just a ‘big-hitter’ and gives credit to Laura Wolvaardt for improving her game.
Lee was the Proteas’ top scorer during the three-match ODI series in England and despite the Proteas losing the series 2-1, she was the second-highest scorer in the series, losing out by only one run to Tammy Beaumont.
She showed great skill and an array of shots as she racked up 211 runs with an average of 105.50, which included a ton and a half-century.
Instead of praising her own performance and the hard work she put in, she mentioned the influence that her opening partner had on her development.
‘Having Wolvey [Wolvaardt] on the other is something that helped over the last few years. She is such a calm and collected player, has all the shots in the book and I think that’s something I want to do as well.
‘She just calms you down in a way and I realised that I don’t have to go from ball one. I think I have matured my ODI game and I’m glad about that.’
Analysts tend to describe Lee as a ‘big-hitter’, which she acknowledged, but the 26-year-old hopes to become more than this in the future.
‘I think when people refer to me, they refer to me as a big-hitter and it is something that comes out most of the time. It’s something I want to change in my ODI game,’ she added.
‘I don’t want to be known as just a big-hitter, I want to be known as someone who can bat through an innings and play the situation as it is. This is something I tried in the series and it worked well for me and hopefully, that can continue.’