Proteas Women captain Sune Luus believes the team will be stepping into the unknown during their tour to India.
The South Africans arrived on the subcontinent this past weekend as they prepare for five ODIs and three T20Is against India.
The tour officially kicks off this coming Sunday with the first ODI played at the Ekana Stadium.
‘Coming to India is always exciting. We’re never sure what to expect when we get here,’ Luus said.
‘For this trip, we’ve never played at the ground. We don’t know what it looks like or what the conditions will be like. I think it will be the same for India as well. So, I think it’s going to be an even contest.’
Luus will once again lead the team due to the injury absence of Dane van Niekerk as the Proteas squad remain unchanged from the one that beat Pakistan in Durban.
The South African women last toured India in 2019 when they lost the ODI series 3-0 and fell to a 3-1 defeat during the T20I leg of the trip.
‘It’s always tough in India and it’s definitely going to be tough again. We have five ODIs and three T20Is with a quick turnaround between games, which in itself is tough. The opponents are very competitive players,’ Luus added.
‘They have players like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and all those players, who we know are top quality. But I think we are well prepared to face them.
‘We’ve also game time behind us and I don’t think they’ve had that, which I’m hoping will be an advantage for us. Obviously, we are in India so we’re expecting quite a bit of spin, but luckily we are well prepared for that. The girls are just so excited and ready to execute their plans and play to the best of their abilities.’
Proteas Women squad: Sune Luus, Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunniclife, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.
Full Tour Schedule
7 March – 1st ODI – India Women vs Momentum Proteas
9 March – 2nd ODI – India Women vs Momentum Proteas
12 March – 3rd ODI – India Women vs Momentum Proteas
14 March – 4th ODI – India Women vs Momentum Proteas
17 March – 5th ODI – India Women vs Momentum Proteas
20 March – 1st T20I – India Women v Momentum Proteas
21 March – 2nd T20I – India Women v Momentum Proteas
23 March – 3rd T20I – India Women v Momentum Proteas