Cape Town - Proteas women's vice-captain Chloe Tryon believes that the senior players in their squad will have a big role to play during the 2018 ICC Women's World T20 which will be played in the West Indies from November 09-24.
She spoke ahead of the team's second unofficial warm-up match against India in Antigua as South Africa lost their first unofficial warm-up match by 17 runs to England on Monday.
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The senior players will have a
big role to play in the success of the team and the vice-captain is delighted
to have the added experience of Shabnim Ismail in the bowling attack to share
the load with Marizanne Kapp and Masabata Klaas.
She said the fast bowler
brings a lot of knowledge and experience to the side and plays the mentor role
well with the youngsters who are just starting out in their international
"We've always had a big and fiery
bowling unit and it’s so nice to have Shabnim back. She's a senior player and
the girls like to listen to her a lot and she gives a lot of input and gives
great insights as well," said Tryon.
"It's nice to have another senior player up front with
Marizanne (Kapp) who's been really good. All that together just gives the
youngsters more people to feed off from. It's been good to see them working on
different things for themselves like variations.
"We are in the West Indies so
the wickets are a bit slow so they know they will need to have different
options to work on and they implemented those really well in the first warm-up
match. It's really good to see that we've got one department that's really
firing at the moment and hopefully the others (batting and fielding) can join
in as well," she continued.
On the World T20, Tryon said the
format has become very batter friendly and she's looking forward to seeing many
big sixes and innovations from the teams participating.
It is also a format
that makes it difficult to predict winners and with that in mind, cautioned
against taking any team for granted.
"I feel like it's more of
batter's game at the moment, but obviously the bowlers are working very hard.
All around the world, the batters have been on top form and it's become a 360
(degree) game where they hit the ball everywhere," she exclaimed.
"You can see
girls playing incredible shots and I feel like there'll be a lot of sixes but also
a lot of running between the wickets and a lot of fancy shots.
"I'm really looking forward to
it, I think it's going to be an exciting one, everyone's ready for it and you
can't take any team for granted. Take a team like Bangladesh who toured against
us (in South Africa) and we whitewashed them, but they went on to win the Asia
Cup, so it's nice to see that character from them. I think it's going to be a
really good T20 World Cup."
On the state of her own batting
form and the look of the team ahead of the World T20 she said:
"I've been working really hard
back home. I really enjoy playing in the West Indies. I know what I can do and
what I'm capable of and I just need to back myself. I want to be that big
hitter, but I also want to be a match winner, I want to win more games for
South Africa. There's still a lot left in the tank and I feel like I'm only
starting to get to where I want to be.
"I think this is going to be a
really good World Cup for the team. I think that if we play well as a team then
individuals will shine. I told the girls during the West Indies series that we
can win this. It's just about the belief. When we chat and we're socialising,
we're always just talking about cricket and we want to win, that's all we want.
I feel like we've got the talent, it's just about the belief."
warm-up match will start at 15:00 local time (21:00 SAST) at Coolidge Cricket
Proteas ICC Women's World T20 Squad:
Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal) Lizelle Lee (North West), Suné Luus (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Zintle Mali (Border), Robyn Searle (Gauteng), Tumi Sekhukhune (Easterns) Saarah Smith (Western Province), Trisha Chetty (Gauteng)