South Africa have eyes set on India challenge
SOUTH Africa may have suffered their first defeat at the ICC Women’s World Cup, but all-rounder Chloe Tryon insists there remains a belief in the camp that they can do “something special”.
Tyron played a big hand in the Proteas’ ultimately unsuccessful run-chase in Bristol when the powerful KwaZulu-Natalian smashed a quick-fire 54 off just 26 balls as South Africa became the first team in women’s cricket to pass the 300-run mark in the second innings of an ODI.
When Tryon was at the crease there was certainly a possibility that South Africa could hunt down England’s mammoth 373/5. However, the 23-year-old’s dismissal in the 44th over precipitated a collapse that saw South Africa’s challenge fizzle out.
“We really believed that we could do it. Every batter that came to the crease played with a lot of intent and positivity,” Tryon said from Leicester.
“When I came to the crease I believed we could still do it. I didn’t have much time to still get my eye in, because the run-rate was close to 10-runs per over already, so it was just a case of ‘see ball, hit ball’. I was quite disappointed when I got out because I told myself I wanted to be there at the end, so another five overs could really have made a difference.”
There is certainly a discussion to be had around Tryon’s position in the Proteas’ batting order. With her ability to clear the boundary almost at will, there is a case to be made why Tryon did not come to the crease ahead of her captain Dane van Niekerk with the run-rate escalating.
Van Niekerk, batting at No 5, managed just nine off 15 balls at a paltry strike-rate of 60 in comparison to Tryon’s amazing strike-rate 207.69.
“I often speak to the coach (Hilton Moreeng) about my flexibility. He knows he can send me in, in any situation. But all the girls are really doing well and I’ll try to use the opportunities I do get,” Tryon explained.
South Africa don’t have too much time to reflect on the England defeat though. Another massive challenge awaits the Proteas tomorrow at Grace Road when they face an in-form India team.
The Indians are currently unbeaten after four games at this World Cup and sit on top of the table with defending champions Australia. India defeated hosts England in the tournament opener, which showcased their class.
The Proteas are well acquainted with the Indians though having contested a recent Quadrangular Series with the sub-continent team in Potchefstroom. Tryon was particular devastating in one of the matches against India when she clubbed an unbeaten 77 off just 39 balls. The innings included five boundaries and six maximums.
“Yeah we have a bit of rivalry with the Indians,” Tryon chuckled. “We’ve played them quite a bit and know many of their players, so it’s really going to be an exciting challenge. They are playing brilliant cricket at the moment but we believe we can pull off something special.”
The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 has approved Odine Kirsten as the replacement for Andrie Steyn in the South Africa squad for the tournament. Steyn injured her ankle during training.