Dané & Co all fired

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PROTEAS cap­tain Dané van Niek­erk says she has a squad ready and raring to go for their first game of the Women’s World Cup against Pak­istan today.

“Ev­ery­one’s fit, ev­ery­one’s ex­cited with a few nerves creep­ing in, but that’s nat­u­ral. Hope­fully we can con­tain them and just go out there and do what we do best,” said Van Niek­erk.

The team are ranked num­ber six in the ICC ODI rank­ings, but Van Niek­erk be­lieves that the rank­ing does well in helping them with not hav­ing to deal with the pres­sures that other, higher-ranked sides have to deal with. She also firmly laid out her side’s ob­jec­tives for the tour­na­ment.

“We’re com­ing into this World Cup with­out the big pres­sures that most of the other teams have to face,” she con­tin­ued.

“We’re not de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons like Australia, World T20 hold­ers like West Indies and we don’t have the weight of be­ing the host­ing na­tion and feel­ing like the eyes of ev­ery­one here are on us.

“We’re just here to play our nat­u­ral game and to win. No one comes to a World Cup to just com­pete, we are here to go all the way and we are go­ing to make sure that we worry about our own game more than that of the op­po­si­tion to help get us there.”

All of South Africa’s fix­tures will all be broad­cast live on Su­perS­port for the first time.

The broad­cast of South Africa’s match on Su­perS­port 5 will be­gin at 11am.

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