Van Niekerk wants Proteas to continue winning habit

Dane Van Niekerk (Gallo Images)
Dane Van Niekerk (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Proteas women completed a clean sweep in the T20I series against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

After winning the ODIs series 5-0, Dane van Niekerk's charges defeated the tourists by 23 runs in a rain-hit nine-over-a-side game at the Mangaung Oval.

READ: CSA congratulates Proteas on T20 whitewash

This is exactly what South Africa needed in the run up to the ICC Women's World T20 later this year.

"Very proud captain at the moment," Van Niekerk told the ICC website.

For Ayabonga Khaka, it has been a good series. She picked up seven wickets in the four ODIs she played.

"I'm so excited about it. There's still a long way to go, I still need to work on my bowling. But I am very excited about it," said Khaka, the Player of the Match.

"To be honest, I was scared today, but I thought let me just do my job, correct the mistakes I made yesterday and everything came right today. I didn't bowl well yesterday so I just wanted to come out today and hit the wicket hard."

Van Niekerk was pleased with the Proteas progress and urges the team to continue to grow in confidence.

"That's the way we want to play cricket and that's the way we want to win series. We haven't done that before, and if we can make that a habit, winning is a habit, then we can go very far and be very successful," said the Proteas skipper.

"It's a very important year for us. We are taking on England and then we have the World Cup, so as a team we need to grow in confidence and we need to believe in ourselves. We have world-class players. We just have to start believing and show it against the top three in the world."

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