Cape Town - Proteas women coach Hilton Moreeng has dubbed South Africa's tour
to England as "very disappointing" after his side flattered to deceive in the
seven international matches they played against the hosts and New Zealand.
The tourists had begun the trip with a whole lot of promise
after beating their English counterparts by seven wickets in the opening
One-Day International to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
It was their only success though, as they went on to lose
the next two games, and with it the series 2-1.
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They then participated in a historic tri-series that also
involved New Zealand. The South Africans conceded world record scores on the
opening day of competition as they lost both games on the double-header
They bounced back with victory over England in the next
match, but it proved to be their only win as another loss to the White Ferns
"I think overall it was a very disappointing tour," Moreeng
"Firstly because of the quality we have in the side and the way we
started the series. We set it up very well, the players played well and being
1-0 up in the first game with two to go, it required for us to just have that
consistency that we always talk about, which we lacked as a team. Again, it
showed in the second and third games where we played good cricket in patches.
We just couldn't finish off and that would have won us the series.
"I think what was very disappointing for us as a team was
just to make sure that we identify those key moments in matches and we start
playing them better as a team especially against teams of this nature, when you
give them an opportunity, they tend to be able to come back in the game. We
offered them that opportunity once or twice and it ended up costing us the
series. It was very disappointing and we'll need to learn from it quickly," he said.
South Africa won the first match by seven wickets, then lost
by 69 runs and seven wickets in the next two. In the T20s, they conceded 216
and then 250 on the first day, the second match resulting in a massive 121-run
Moreeng however, was much more optimistic about their
showings in the shortest format.
"It was a great experience for us to play in matches of that
intensity against two of the best teams in world cricket on the same day," he
continued. "It was mentally very challenging for the players but was still a
great experience. It was a first for us to play in a double header but as for
the games, the bowling and the fielding weren't up to scratch, hence the
records we saw."
The Proteas coach, whose side did bounce back to beat
eventual tri-series winners England in their only win of the competition, conceded
there plenty of lessons they were handed by the two sides.
"We hadn't played too much T20 cricket in the past
year because the emphasis was one ODIs with the World Cup in that same year, so
this was a huge lesson for us. We had this tour to see where the world was at
and what was required for us to do going to the World T20. We sat down the day
after and were able to iron out one or two things that needed to be done to
improve," said Moreeng.
"The understanding now is also that scores of
150-160 are no longer good enough, you have to score more runs, we saw that
when we played against two great sides.
"We're going to now have
to quickly learn from it, try and rectify some of the wrongs and implement
changes at the upcoming World T20. I think we will see South Africa compete
more in a format that has always been one of the more challenging ones," he said.