Moreeng an­tic­i­pates a tough tour

Cape Argus - - SPORT - Zaahier.adams@inl.co.za

PROTEAS Women’s coach Hil­ton Moreeng is look­ing for­ward to some in­tense bat­tles with a strong West Indies team on the up­com­ing lim­ited-overs se­ries in the Caribbean.

The Proteas ar­rived on the is­lands this week and are pre­par­ing for a three-match One-Day In­ter­na­tional (ODI) and five-match T20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries.

The team have had two train­ing ses­sions since their ar­rival in Bar­ba­dos.

Moreeng be­lieves last year’s de­mo­li­tion of the Windies at the 2017 ICC World Cup in Eng­land is con­signed to the past. The Proteas skit­tled the Windies for just 48 be­fore steam­rolling to a 10-wicket vic­tory at Le­ices­ter.

“They are a very strong side. Play­ing on home soil, they are a very proud team.

“We know that it’s go­ing to be a difficult tour be­cause they play well un­der their con­di­tions. They are also very well led by the ex­pe­ri­ence of Ste­fanie Tay­lor so no, you can’t take them lightly.

“What hap­pened in the World Cup is his­tory. This ODI se­ries is very crit­i­cal for both teams for qual­i­fi­ca­tion for 2021 and both teams are aware of that,” Moreeng said. A warm-up match was sched­uled for yes­ter­day against an In­vi­ta­tional side that will also as­sist in pre­par­ing for the first ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship match on Sun­day, which is vital for get­ting points to­wards di­rect qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.

“We’re very ex­cited,” Moreeng said. “The last two days have been good for us. We had ex­treme heat on day one and you could see a few play­ers were un­der pres­sure re­gard­ing it and they re­al­ized these are con­di­tions that they have to ac­cli­ma­tize to.

“We’re very happy we were able to come ear­lier to be able to pre­pare for that. The sec­ond day saw a bit of a rain dis­rup­tion but at the end of the day we were able to get some prac­tice which was very good in prepa­ra­tion for our warm-up game.

“Yes, wick­ets and con­di­tions are very dif­fer­ent from what we’re used to, so it’s very im­por­tant for each and ev­ery player to be given an op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare and get time in the mid­dle.”

ZAAHIER ADAMS

David Miller will be back in the colours of the Dol­phins this sea­son, but he will not be wear­ing the whites ever again af­ter he an­nounced his re­tire­ment

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