Cape Town - Proteas
coach Hilton Moreeng has highlighted the importance of increasing the depth in
women's cricket as South Africa began preparations for a big year ahead with a
camp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria last week.
group were invited to the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Centre of
Excellence from January 8-12 where they played one 50 over and four Twenty20
games and also held interactive sessions with the national coaches and the
was made up of a mix between emerging and national players, with the exception
of those involved in the Women's Big Bash League taking place in Australia.
debrief after a very successful World Cup last year, we felt there was a need
to improve the depth," Moreeng explained.
brought together 26 players in the country, including some of the national
players, to look at them ahead of the upcoming series and to look at where we
are as far as depth is concerned.
"We want to
look at how much of work is needed because we need to make sure we can sustain
the team going forward.
"For us it
was to see how the youngsters go and for them to learn from the national
players and understand where they fit in the system.
need to know what is required from them to make it at this level. I think the
way they went about it was good.
national selectors were also here to speak to the players, informing them of
the plans for the next two to three years and where we’re looking to go in
Africa reached the semi-final of the ICC Women's World Cup in England last
year, narrowly losing to the hosts and eventual champions by two wickets.
believes it is important to now build on that, saying that this latest camp
gives the women’s game an opportunity to grow further.
a lot of talented girls that came in and some of them are still at school," he
said. "For them it was a very intimidating environment at first, which was
expected, because one minute they were sitting at home watching these players
on TV and now all of a sudden they're rubbing shoulders with them.
age group of the national side being so young, we felt it was a good time to
start blending in more youngsters.
"Most of them
came from very successful Under-19 weeks where they've been consistent for
Africa welcome World Cup runners-up India for a three-match ODI and five-game T20I tour in the country starting next month.
They are also scheduled to face
England and New Zealand, all during a busy first six months of 2018.
also an Emerging Tour for the girls and Moreeng wants a big pool of players to
be able to choose from.
them now to make the step-up because we also have an Emerging Tour coming up in
April where some of them will play, hence the number of players here," he
added. "We needed to make sure we can cater for both."