Cape Town - The Proteas
gathered at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Centre of Excellence in Pretoria on Monday for a national camp ending on Saturday, 16 September.
This is the first
time the side have come together since their impressive ICC Women's World Cup
campaign, where they finished in joint third place.
The team will join the Women's National Academy, who are already assembled at the Centre of
Excellence for their six-week stint.
players who participated in the recently concluded Super League in England
have been exempted from attending the camp namely; Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee,
Sune Luus and Mignon du Preez, but the full World Cup squad (including the
above mentioned four and captain, Dané van Niekerk) will be present at the Season Launch to be held in Centurion on
Proteas coach Hilton Moreeng wants to use the camp as an opportunity to gauge where the
players are physically and mentally after having been given extended time off
at the end of the World Cup.
He also wants to begin to plot the way forward for
the group and begin the road to the 2021 tournament.
a period of well-deserved rest for the players," he said.
"Many of them had
been playing a lot of cricket building up to the World Cup and, aside from
those who participated in the Super League directly after the World Cup, we
wanted the players to get an extended break so that the bodies and the minds
could recover for the season ahead."
believes that the World Cup has gone a long way in exposing the women's game
and the team to the South African public and hopes that the support garnered
will grow from strength to strength.
support from the people of South Africa during the World Cup was unprecedented
and interest in the women's game and the team specifically just from the
tournament alone has grown exponentially. It was really good to see and
we hope that this grows even further as the season begins," Moreeng continued.
there'll be a short break in international cricket for the team, we will have a
bumper 2018 with lots of cricket against some of the biggest teams in the world
and my hope is that our team will see a return in support from cricket fans
when they are back in action.
I want us to use the learnings from the World Cup as a stepping stone towards
something greater for the side. This camp will do well in showing us whether
the players have taken on these lessons and will do well in showing the
youngsters in the Academy how high the bar is set for the national team."
Proteas skipper Dané van Niekerk, who did not participate in the Super League due to a Grade 2
myotendinous tear (intra-muscular tear) on the front right thigh, is making
good progress and is in the final stages of completing her rehabilitation
Although not a part of this camp, she will be keeping a keen eye on
the development of the team and hopes that they use every opportunity afforded
a tough few weeks, but I'm glad to be back in action and gyming again," she
"It's always good to have the team together, be it for a camp or
anything else. The girls are always excited to see one another and it always
has that family reunion feeling to it. We've been chatting a lot as a team and
everyone is eager to get their heads back into the Proteas' space and
start working towards the next World Cup.
"We drew a lot of confidence and inspiration from this
year's tournament and with the amount of interest that is being given to the
team, we can't wait to get started in the new direction and build something
that will make the people of South Africa proud again."