Proteas women must capitalize on batting opportunities

Chloe Tryon (Gallo Images)
Chloe Tryon (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas women’s vice-captain Chloe Tryon believes the team boast some of the best batters in world cricket but admits that they have not capitalized on opportunities offered consistently enough.

She spoke ahead of the team’s second unofficial warm-up match against India in Antigua on Wednesday and expressed her hopes to see the batting unit finally click during the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 which will be played in the West Indies from November 9 to 24. 

South Africa lost their first unofficial warm-up match by 17 runs to England on Monday, but Tryon says the team took a lot of positives out of that exercise.

“The first warm-up game we struggled a bit, especially the middle order with the bat and it’s something that we’re addressing,” she commented. “We started really well up front with Lizelle (Lee), but we just couldn’t carry on that momentum. That middle period of the seventh to the 15th over, we need to capitalize on. The girls have taken a lot in and have been working on a lot of specifics today and we’re looking forward to tomorrow. We know that India is going to be bowling a lot of their spinners, so we’ve been working on a lot of different options and running between the wickets is going to be really key for us.”

Batting collapses have plagued the team in recent times, but Tryon is adamant that it is not a skills problem but rather a mental and confidence issue that each individual needs to address. She said that the unit is working hard at keeping focussed and on playing positive cricket rather than allowing themselves to be sucked into playing the way the opposition want them to.

She said; “Obviously it’s an area of concern but I feel that we put a lot of pressure on ourselves and then we end up not playing our own game. It’s just about going out there and executing our plans and playing our brand of cricket that we always say we want to play. We need to go out there and express ourselves and give ourselves a really good start up front and really look after that middle period and then finish well.”

Looking ahead to the warm-up match against India, the KwaZulu-Natal native is confident the team will continue to lay the building blocks towards their World T20 campaign and will use their vast knowledge of the opposition as they look to walk away with a positive result.

“We’ve played a lot of cricket against India and we know what we’re up against,” Tryon explained. “Conditions-wise, we’re going to have to look at the pitch tomorrow and be able to adapt as quickly as we can and communicate with each other about what we’re experiencing at the crease to the rest of the team.

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