Proteas women captain Dané van Niekerk is predicting a far bolder South Africa team in 2019 compared to the one that disappointed at the ICC Women’s World T20 last year when they play their first home international of the season against Sri Lanka in Cape Town on Friday.
The three-match series is a televised double-header alongside the men’s KFC T20 series against Pakistan starting at PPC Newlands.
It is also the first match since the South Africans endured a poor global competition in the West Indies last November, where they ended third out of five teams in their group. The Proteas skipper also conceded that her side had made little progress since the 50-over World Cup held in England in 2017. During that competition, the South African women wowed the world on their way to the semi-finals, where they lost to the eventual champions and hosts in the semi-finals. However, Van Niekerk says they now needed to move on from that performance and seek to reach the next level.