Chloé Tryon says the Proteas will focus on doing the basics well in their must-win Women’s T20 World Cup match against New Zealand in Paarl on Monday.
South Africa are under early pressure after suffering a shock three-run defeat to Sri Lanka at Newlands last Friday, and back-to-back losses – with a match against defending champions Australia still to come – would leave their semi-final hopes hanging by a thread.
“It’s obviously a difficult game to lose, particularly the way we did,” said Tryon. “As a group, we try not to look into that too much. We’ve been a quality side, playing really good cricket.”
“As a batting unit, that one innings doesn’t define us, so you had to kind of park it. It’s just about doing the basics. I just didn’t feel as a batting unit we did the right things; no partnerships and no one kind of putting up their hands. For us, it’s just about making sure that we’re doing those basics right.
“Looking at other results, you want to see how the other teams are doing, but I think if we just play our brand of cricket and we keep ticking our boxes, we can come up with those wins.
“It’s a very important game against New Zealand coming up so we can’t take anyone lightly. It’s just important that we do the right things and let the result take care of itself,” the 29-year old all-rounder added.
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Tryon is preparing to play her 85th T20I and is in formidable form with the bat.
Prior to her innings of 10 against Sri Lanka, she recorded a maiden half-century in the T20 Tri-Series final against India in East London, before following that up with a dominant 65 off just 23 balls in the first World Cup warm-up match against England in Stellenbosch.
“I’ve been working really hard,” said Tryon. “I’ve been here [with the Proteas Women] for 12, 13 years, it’s quite long, but I am just understanding my role a lot more and being a senior player, I have been able to take responsibility a lot more, not just with batting, but with bowling and leadership in the team.
“I understand my role a lot more and I want to win many games with South Africa.”
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Friday’s tournament opener broke the attendance record for a stand-alone women’s T20 match in South Africa, and Tryon said it was “fantastic” for the country to host a senior Women’s T20 World Cup.
“You only get this once in your lifetime, so it’s really exciting. The atmosphere at Newlands was amazing; just looking around and seeing all the support for women’s cricket.
“We really want to grow the game and as you’ve seen in the last couple of years, it’s been going from strength to strength, and for South Africa, it’s much needed. We just had an U19 T20 World Cup, which is great too.
“To have this year and hopefully take that win in the World Cup would be fantastic, but just putting women’s cricket on the map in South Africa is really exciting.
“It’s also good to play in front of family and friends and make everyone proud.”
Monday’s match starts at 19:00 and will be broadcast on SuperSport Grandstand and Cricket.