The Proteas women have assembled in Pretoria for their first national camp of 2019 at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Centre of Excellence.
Sixteen players, including members of the Powerade National Academy have been put through their paces since Monday, as the national team looks to have a more successful year, starting with their inbound tour against Sri Lanka starting on 1 February. Head coach Hilton Moreeng is pleased to see that a lot of work has gone into individuals’ preparation for the new year during the festive season and is particularly impressed with the refreshed mood and spirit within the camp, even as the players are being put through rigorous drills.The group, which is assembled until Friday 11 January, is not the complete group of identified players. Six members of the national team are currently representing their respective Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) teams in Australia and have been playing competitive cricket for the last six weeks. They are; captain Dané van Niekerk, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus and Marizanne Kapp. Moreeng said he and his coaching staff have been in regular contact with those players to ensure that they are still on the right track for the busy year ahead.South Africa have a busy year of international cricket coming up but more important than that is the three ICC events – the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup and the 2022 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – that are scheduled for the next three years that the coach is keeping an eye on. He explained that 2019 is going to be an important year of preparation, which is why the coaching staff and CSA are also looking to recruit more youngsters into the team environment.