Proteas Women’s captain Mignon du Preez is looking forward to taking on Sri Lanka in the opening match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 (T20) 2012 on Wednesday. South Africa are in the process of putting the final touches to their preparation after arriving on the island on Friday.
“As much as we are under our own pressure to put in a good performance in this tournament, I would say we don’t have as much weight on our shoulders as Sri Lanka do as the hosting nation,” she said.
The weather has put a damper on preparations for the past two days, making it impossible for teams to take a look at the pitch and make their own assessments but this is not a cause for too much concern for du Preez.
“Thankfully we played a practice match against England in Colombo and we have had a few days to get acclimatized to the Sri Lankan conditions after coming straight from a competitive tour of Bangladesh.
“That tour assisted us in that we were in the sub-continent for two full weeks before arriving here (Galle) and this gives us a slight edge against those teams who have not. We came from a South African winter to a hot and humid climate which definitely needs a few days to get used to,” du Preez continued.
South Africa beat Bangladesh 2-1 in their One Day International series and 2-1 in the T20 series. This gave them the needed confidence coming into a tournament of this size. They, however, lost to England by a convincing 121 runs in their warm up match but du Preez is confident of her side’s chances going into the tournament.
“Obviously we wanted to do a lot better against England. We had one of those days where things got a little bit hectic a little too soon but I believe we have addressed this and will have a better opening match against the hosts,” she commented.
South Africa take on Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 26 September at Galle Cricket Stadium at 9:30am.
Proteas Women’s Team for ICC World T20: Mignon du Preez (Northerns, capt) Trisha Chetty (KZN, vice-capt) Susan Benade (Griqua Diamonds) Dinesha Devnarain (KZN) Shandre Fritz (Western Province) Alison Hodgkinson (Boland) Shabnim Ismail (Western Province) Marizanne Kapp (Northerns) Ayabonga Khaka (Border) Marcia Letsoalo (Northerns) Sunette Loubser (Boland) Sune Luus (Northerns) Yolandi van der Westhuizen (Boland) Dane van Niekerk (Northerns)