Cape Town - Proteas women all-rounder Chloe Tryon has praised the fight
displayed by the national team during their tour of West Indies, which
concluded over the weekend.
The tourists ended the trip on a high by earning a
series-levelling Twenty20 International victory at the Brian Lara Cricket
Academy in Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday. It meant they shared the five-match
T20 sequence 2-2, while they also earned a 1-1 score line from the three
one-day internationals. Match Two in the ODI series in Barbados was rained out
while Match Three in the T20s was abandoned due to a soggy outfield after a
tropical storm hit Trinidad.
Tryon, who captained four of the five T20 matches after Dane
van Niekerk was rested after rolling her ankle, was pleased with the charter of
the ladies and believes it will stand them in good stead at next month’s ICC
Women’s World T20 in the Caribbean.
“I felt that in the ODIs we did lose it a bit,” she
“We were doing a lot of the basics wrong. Yes it is a bit slow here,
but we know we should be better. But overall I think we learnt a lot from being
here. The team has grown a lot from the ODIs and coming back from 2-0 down to
level the series, so I'm really excited to go home, work on those things and
come back ready for the World Cup.
“Looking back at the ODIs, we were unlucky with the one game
that got rained out. I felt we were in a position where we could win that game
and unfortunately conditions are something you cannot control. It was a bit of
a challenge, but the way we went about it was really good. It’s just a few
things to work on, but it’s nice to go home with the series shared.”
Tryon was admittedly disappointed with some of her
performances in both series and believes she can do a lot better. She said she
knew what to work on when she returned home and would be spending the remaining
12 days before departure for the World T20 to ensure that she ready for the
demands of the format.
“I still feel that I can finish off games more,” she
“I do want to be the matchwinner for the team. Obviously there’s
still a lot to work on. I still feel that I lose a bit of concentration now and
then, but I need to be more focussed if I want to be there for the team at the
crucial stages in the end.
“I’ll have two weeks to work on those things when I'm back
home, so hopefully I’ll be better prepared going forward.”
South Africa can also take encouragement from the way that
some of their rookies performed on the trip. In the T20s, Robyn Searle played
two matches and scored 28 runs, Saarah Smith claimed four wickets and Faye
Tunnicliffe made 14 runs.
Tumi Sekhukhune got the most experience of the tour, playing
in every match and claimed three wickets in the ODIS and four in the T20s.
Tryon says she was extremely encouraged by the new players.
“I felt they did really well,” she added.
impressed with Tumi, Sarah stood up when we needed her the most. Robyn and Faye
did really well in the last game, so it’s nice that these girls got some
opportunity in the middle. I hope they can now take it back home and know what
it means to be here and the level we play it.”