Mon. May 20th, 2019

Proteas women target improvement with the bat against Pakistan

Lizelle Lee Women's T20The Proteas women will measure themselves against a Pakistan team breathing down their necks on the ICC’s Women’ Championship log.

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Opener Lizelle Lee said the Proteas was going into the limited-overs series against Pakistan Women confident and determined to do well.

South Africa play host to Pakistan for three ODIs and five T20Is, starting on Monday, 6 May.

The ODIs form part of the ICC Women’s Championship. The Proteas are currently fifth on the league standings, which are calculated from results of bilateral series across formats.

The Proteas bounced back from a disappointing Women’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies by sweeping a series against Sri Lanka but would like to establish themselves as rivals for Women’s cricket’s elite.

“The batters are looking really good,” said Lee on Friday, on the sidelines of a national camp. “We played warm-up games on Tuesday and [Thursday], which I think went very well. One of our aims was to get to 280-plus consistently and in both games we did that.

“The big thing about South Africa that was a bad thing for us is that we always lost wickets in clusters and that comes down to being under pressure but not getting singles and finding a workaround. One of the things we’ve worked really hard on is getting that right. A lot of the girls have worked on extra options to play during the game and I think it’s something that took the pressure off them and it was really good to see us executing that in the warm-up games.

“When we go into game one on Monday, we’re going to go hard because we understand the importance of the IWC and the points needed for World Cup qualification,” she added. “The way we are batting and bowling now and even fielding gives me confidence that we can do well in this series. We’re definitely going out to get those six points, we’re not going to hold back.”

Lee feels that Pakistan will give the Proteas a good idea of how their preparations for the 2020 T20 World Cup are progressing.

“Pakistan is not a team you should underestimate,” she said. “This is preparation for the T20 World Cup next year, which is really big for us. We want to make sure we cover all of our bases before we go out there.”

The first ODI between South Africa and Pakistan will take place at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on Monday 6 May from 10:00 SAST.

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