Who will Win the Honours in Wednesday’s T20 International Series Decider in East London

The captains, Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu and South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt, pictured ahead of the first Women's T20I match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at Willowmoore Park on March 27, 2024 in Benoni, South Africa. Proteas team management is hoping that Wolvaardt will be fit to return to play in Wednesday’s crucial series decider. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Laura Wolvaardt has been attending training on Easter Monday and Tuesday, and team management is hoping that the prolific all-codes South African captain will be fit to play in the T20I series decider at the Buffalo Park Oval in East London, on Wednesday, 3 April, 2024.

Commenting at the conclusion of the media briefing in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, Proteas Women media manager Lita Gqirana wouldn’t be pressed beyond confirming that the prolific South African captain had attended training on Easter Monday and Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s series cliff-hanger, but anxious South African fans may be forgiven for imparting a positive sentiment to his carefully selected words.

Gqirana’s comments followed media questions answered by Proteas Women right-arm fast-medium bowler, Tumi Sekhukhune, who has been steady in the series to date, picking up three wickets in her two outings in South Africa’s yellow and green short-form kit.

“The women’s game is growing towards the right direction, and anyone – including the subcontinental teams, you know, can score 150. So I think it’s very crucial for us to get the batting in order and to get 180-plus, consistently,” Sekhukhune responded when queried on the team’s brittle batting performances in the first to T20Is. 

“In cricket, you are always learning, and growing as well, I think,” said Sekhukhune when asked about her current approach to her bowling duties. 

“And I’ve been actually focusing on falling in love with the game again and, you know, just hitting my lines and and length and also just going in the thing the brand of cricket that I’ve always played before and play freely, I think I’ve always worked on, you know, getting to bowl to the lefties, and I think its coming on right now.”

Proteas Women right-arm fast-medium bowler, Tumi Sekhukhune

Sekhukhune admits to her injury concerns that have led to her not being able to maintain a permanent position in the team: “And I think it was very difficult for me coming into the setup. We, you know, we have a proper bowlers and experienced bowlers. And I think it’s my goal and dream to actually work towards getting into the World Cup squad.”

The Proteas and Sri Lanka conclude their 3-match T20 international series in East London on Wednesday, after which South Africa will announce the ODI team for the three-match series continuing in East London, starting on Tuesday, 9 April.


Main Photo Caption: The captains, Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu and South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt, pictured ahead of the first Women’s T20I match between South Africa and Sri Lanka, at Willowmoore Park on March 27, 2024 in Benoni, South Africa. Proteas team management is hoping that Wolvaardt will be fit to return to play in Wednesday’s crucial series decider. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Photo 2 Caption: Proteas Women right-arm fast-medium bowler Tumi Sekhukhune is sticking to the basics in her bowling as she works on bedding down a permanent berth in the South African side. Photo: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

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