Proteas Women vice-captain Chloe Tryon says the team are looking for a big finish to the ODI series against the West Indies Women.
Leading 1-0 after the second ODI was rained out, the Proteas Women meet the West Indies Women for the third and final ICC Women’s Championship (IWC) match in Barbados today.
Tryon believes her side have what it takes to pull off their first-ever series win in the Caribbean.
‘We have a really good side, I still think we have the best bowling attack in the world and yes, the West Indies are a very talented side who will want to come out firing tomorrow but I know that we have what it takes to win this series,’ said Tryon.
‘We felt that we put in a really good innings in the last game and it was unfortunate that we didn’t get to finish the match, but we have another opportunity tomorrow to put in an even better performance and to correct some of the mistakes we made on Wednesday and just finish really big,’ added Tryon, who believes that South Africa have looked the stronger of the two teams in the series so far.
Tryon said that the team is aware of the importance of putting in another top effort in the final match, will be the first day-night match in the series.
‘Most of the girls have played under lights,’ said Tryon, ‘and nearly all of us have caught balls under lights as well, so for [the team], it’s just a matter of getting used to light again and being aware of the conditions and the way the ball will be affected, especially at night when it skids on and gets dewy. All in all, yes, I’m happy with the preparations so far and the way we’ve looked in the nets.’
While the team have improved immensely on this tour from their previous outing in England this past June, the vice-captain admits that there is always room for improvement and hopes the match will see the team’s effort raised to even higher levels.
‘It’s all about just doing the basics right. We’ve let ourselves down and given away soft wickets from time to time. I feel like the skills are all there, it’s just the basics that fall away sometimes when we focus too much on certain other things. Everyone knows what needs to happen and we’re really excited to finish strong.
‘The mood in the team is very good,’ she added. ‘We did top-up sessions today and everyone’s in a really good space. We worked on a few things especially towards the back-end of an innings and how to close it off better and score a few more runs in the end.’
A win for the visitors will add vital points to their IWC log tally as they continue to work towards direct qualification for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province)
Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal)
Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province)
Lizelle Lee (North West)
Suné Luus (Northerns)
Mignon du Preez (Northerns)
Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province)
Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng)
Masabata Klaas (North West)
Zintle Mali (Border)
Faye Tunnicliffe (Boland)
Robyn Searle (Gauteng)
Tumi Sekhukhune (Easterns)
Saarah Smith (Western Province)
Saturday, 22 September: 3rd IWC ODI – Kensington Oval
Monday, 24 September: 1st T20I – Kensington Oval
Friday, 28 September: 2nd T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Sunday, 30 September: 3rd T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Wednesday, 3 October: 4th T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Saturday, 6 October: 5th T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
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