Tazmin Brits has been appointed stand-in Proteas Women’s captain in the absence of Laura Wolvaardt, ahead of the first T20 against Bangladesh Women at Willowmoore Park, Benoni, on Sunday, 3 December, 2023.
Speaking to the media in a pre-match press conference, Brits expressed her gratitude and said it is an honour to represent one’s country, but to be captain is special and something she takes seriously.
“Taking charge of a young squad as we have, is not too much of challenge. I see the players we have in our camp and they are working extremely hard. I am very excited to see what is going to happen, they are sticking up their hands and sometimes fresh blood is good.”
Speaking on what the team expects to get out of the series and the challenges they face, she said “We are in our own backyard and that is not much of challenge. We would like to have 6-0 series win. We have been working very hard since the World Cup and we are heading to the next World Cup, so we know what to do.”
“There isn’t too much challenges, it is about doing the basics right and playing fearless cricket at the end of the day in the T20 series.”
With the CSA Women’s Domestic cricket having recently become professional, Britz says that it has been great for the teams and women’s domestic cricket.
“We have a full squad training every week. We have S&C’s; physio’s and the recovery time has been good. With the youngsters we have here, they have been able to practice a lot more and it is just not “come twice a week to training” as in the past. The professionalisation has helped our pipeline and in the next year or two we will definitely be on top.”
With Bangladesh coming off a successful series, the Protea squad is not taking anything for granted.
“We are focused on cricket, that is our job. We are here to play cricket, to give it our best and win a series. We do not under-estimate any team. We play them as if they are number one in the world. I think we will have a lot of slow balls, a lot of spinning coming our way. Hopefully the wicket is more of a belter in our own country.”
In respective of the batting order in the absence of Laura, there will be some changes coming through but it is more to test the batting order with the World Cup looming in the distance.
“Not too much will change, but we have a lot of youngsters in our team and we want them to play fearless cricket and to get used to playing in the international set-up. So, the order might change around and be sharper.”
“Cricket is a funny game and anything can happen. I have settled with Wolfie as my partner but will see what happens with this changeup as I have not settled on an opening partner yet.”
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T20 International Series – ICC Women’s Championship:
Sun 3 Dec (14h00): 1st T20I – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Wed 6 Dec (18h00): 2nd T20I – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Kimberley Oval, Kimberley)
Fri 8 December (18h00): 3rd T20I – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Kimberley Oval, Kimberley)
50-over Warm-Up Match:
Tue 12 Dec (10h00) – SA Emerging vs Bangladesh XI (Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein)
One-Day International Series – ICC Women’s Championship:
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)
* All times CAT
Photo Caption: Tazmin Brits has been appointed stand-in Proteas Women’s captain in the absence of Laura Wolvaardt, ahead of the first T20 against Bangladesh Women at Willowmoore Park, Benoni, on Sunday. Photo: Proteas Women on X