The seventh edition of the ICC Women’s World T20 is all set to begin on 21 February in Australia. 10 teams are divided into two groups and top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals. The South Africa Women’s Team is slotted with West Indies, England, Pakistan and Thailand in Group B. The Proteas begin their campaign against England on 23 February at Perth.
Coaching and support staff:
Former domestic wicket-keeper Hilton Moreeng is in charge of the South African women team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
In the 2018 T20 World Cup, the South Africa Women’s Team crashed out of the group stage after finishing third in the group. They managed to win 2 games out of 4; against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, while losing to England and West Indies.
Reaching the semifinals of the World Cup in 2014 happens to be the best finish for South African women team in the history of the tournament. South Africa have fared way below expectations, with group stage exits in all other editions except in 2014.
South Africa Women’s Team Overview
South Africa have one of their strongest looking squads in a long while. Underperformers in the tournament till now, the Proteas have the team that, if handled well and performs to the potential, is capable of lifting the trophy. The return of several key players from injuries holds them in good stead. A top two finish in the group seems very likely, given the quality of the squad and the form of individuals. However, the recent defeat against New Zealand exposed some chinks in the armory of the South African team and the management will need to work on those before the main tournament begins.
With some key players back in the side, South Africa holds a strong look. The all-rounders and power-hitters are the biggest strength for the Protests. Batting has a formidable look with Niekerk, Lee and du Preez all being in good form, and the depth in batting with Kapp and Tryon might prove to be handy in crunch games. The problem of plenty in the batting department will hold them in a good stead. Moreover, they have one of the strongest pace attack in the world at the moment.
South Africa have one of the strongest sides on paper in their history of T20 World Cups. However, the major concern will be the proper utilisation of resources. Getting the right batsman at the right slot will be a headache for the management, which if not handled properly can backfire badly. Spin department seems inexperienced, except for the skipper Niekerk. On dry wickets, this might hold them at a position of disadvantage against teams with better spinners.
Key Players for South Africa Women’s Team
The reliable Marizanne Kapp and the pacy Shabnim Ismail hold the key for South Africa in bowling department. The destructive Lizelle Lee will be expected to take the attack to the opposition, bringing in the x-factor with the bat. Skipper Dane van Niekerk and Mignon du Preez, with their experience, will be the batting mainstays for the team.
South Africa Women’s Squad
Dane Van Niekerk (c), Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Mignon Du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon (v/c), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Trisha Chetty, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nadine De Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase
- South Africa vs England February 23, WACA, Perth
- South Africa vs Thailand February 28, Manuka Oval, Canberra,
- South Africa vs Pakistan March 1, Sydney Showground, Sydney
- South Africa vs West Indies March 3, Sydney Showground, Sydney