Laura Wolvaardt Confident Ahead of First ODI against Bangladesh

Proteas Women take on Bangladesh Women in the first of a three match ODI series, a part of the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship 2022-2025 qualification campaign for the Cricket World Cup 2025 in India, at Buffalo Park, East London on Saturday 16 December. Photo: Proteas Women on X

Proteas Women are set to take on Bangladesh Women in a three match ODI series, with first match taking place on Saturday 16 December at Buffalo Park, East London. The One-Day forms part of ongoing ICC Women’s Championship 2022-2025 qualification campaign for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2025 in India.

Captain Laura Wolvaardt will lead the experienced group that welcomes back fast bowler Ayabonga Khaka and all-rounders Marizanne Kapp and Nadine de Klerk, who missed out on the T20 International series due to rest and injuries respectively.

There is also a maiden ODI call-up for the Eliz Mari-Marx. The 20-year-old will be hoping to add to her three T20I appearances for the national team after making her debut in the tied series against Bangladesh. 

The Proteas Women will head into the 50-over series with a dominant record over the Bangladesh team, with South Africa claiming 16 victories in the 18 encounters between the two nations.

Speaking ahead the first ODI, Laura Wolvaardt says that after having arrived in East London straight after the T20I series, their training has gone well. 

“We have had a few net sessions and some in the middle. We are working on different things with our focus being on us playing against spin. In the T20, they only bowled one seamer and all the rest was slow spin. I think the conditions might be a bit slow there as well tomorrow, so we having been working on the slow spin.”

“The fielding has been a big area that the team needed to tighten up in. It has not been up to our usual standards. Everyone took the time and hopefully worked on their skills and hopefully it goes better in this series.”

Wolvaardt spoke high praise for left arm Bangladesh spinner Nadir Akter, “She is a really good spinner. I only faced her in the one T20 which was the last one. Left arm spinners are effective in T20’s now and more so in the powerplay. I am not surprised she has been doing really well. It will be interesting to see how we go against her on a possibly slowish wicket that might turn a bit. It will be a good challenge for our batting line-up.”

Moving from T20 to ODI, is no easy feat but it is about how you go about the game and the intent that a team shows. Bangladesh has a talented young side and Wolvaardt is looking forward to seeing how they play in their ODI match. 

The weather has played a big role so far, and Wolvaardt expressed her dissatisfaction as it has been raining down in East London this past week and with a game coming up, it is not the what any team wants.

“The last series we played here was very frustrating with three matches rained out. So hopefully it clears up and we can get in a full game and get in the points for qualification. This first ODI is very important to us.”

Proteas Women ODI Squad

Laura Wolvaardt 
Anneke Bosch 
Tazmin Brits
Nadine de Klerk
Mieke de Ridder
Lara Goodall
Sinalo Jafta
Marizanne Kapp
Ayabonga Khaka
Masabata Klaas
Suné Luus
Eliz-Mari Marx
Nonkululeko Mlaba
Tumi Sekhukhune
Delmi Tucker

ICC Women’s Championship One-Day International Series Fixtures and Results of the South Africa Inbound Tour vs Bangladesh 2023/24 from 12-23 December, 2023

Tue 12 Dec: Warm-Up Match: SA Emerging lost to Bangladesh XI by 8 runs
Sat 16 Dec, 14h00: 1st ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Buffalo Park, East London)
Wed 20 Dec, 14h00: 2nd ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom)
Sat 23 Dec, 14h00: 3rd ODI – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)


Photo Caption: Proteas Women take on Bangladesh Women in the first of a three match ODI series, a part of the ongoing ICC Women’s Championship 2022-2025 qualification campaign for the Cricket World Cup 2025 in India, at Buffalo Park, East London on Saturday 16 December. Photo: Proteas Women on X

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