Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Cricket | Women

Cri-Zelda Brits © Gallo Images

South Africa's 'Top Four' dream still alive



The Momentum Proteas Women may have lost out on the opportunity to play in the final of the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 in India, but they are still nursing hopes of breaking into the coveted Top Four of the Reliance ODI rankings. Stalwart, Cri-Zelda Brits is looking forward to South Africa's Super Sixes match against defending champions, England and believes that they can achieve a win following the few upsets that have occurred in the competition so far.

"England were given quite a shock when they lost to Sri Lanka recently and I think this has shown just much the gap between the Top Four and the bottom four has closed, " she said. "We also saw India getting knocked out of the competition held in their backyard so these results bode well for us. We gave Australia a run for their money when we played them and I strongly believe we have the team that can beat England, it's just about applying the basics."

South Africa will look to come back from a disappointing two-wicket loss against the West Indies on Friday to give the English Roses a run for their money. Brits says the team is looking to bounce back hard and make a good come back.

"We were very disappointed in ourselves yesterday (Friday). The bowlers didn't pitch up for the game and all the extras and fielding errors let us down, but that's over now, we're looking to tomorrow, not yesterday," she said.

England, who also lost their first match of the Super Sixes against Australia by just two runs will almost certainly want to make an example of the Proteas but Brits says the team is looking forward to the challenge and also, to a strong fight back from the South Africans. They have not succeeded in beating England in their recent clashes, but have shown glimpses of brilliance where the defending champions were put on the back foot and had to tussle for their victories.

"What's important for us as a team is to not focus on the opposition we're facing, but on ourselves and our own game. Since the tour to the Caribbean, there are a lot of things we have improved on and if we stick to those things and not look at the fact that we've been beaten by this side so many times, we'll have a chance to beat them," she concluded.

Shop

The Proteas
20 Years, 20 Landmark Matches by Neil Manthorp
R171.00
The extraordinary book of SA cricket
The Extraordinary Book of South African Cricket is the perfect gift for any cricket fanatic.
R140.00
Jackers - A Life in Cricket
Robin Jackman has been entertaining cricket followers for more than forty years
R169.00
Bouch
Through my eyes
R147.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Neil Manthorp
Not-so-proud West Indies record in SA
Among the seven major test nations, the West Indies' record in South Africa is without parallel. No...

Haze's Comment
When they were kings
I was fortunate to grow up during the most intoxicating era of test cricket. Ray Illingworth's...

Kepler Wessels
Spinner or no spinner for SuperSport Park
Normally when a test match is looming at SuperSport Park the debate starts whether the selectors...

Mpumelelo Mbangwa
Any answers from tour of NZ & Aus?
It is very true that nobody likes to lose, not even in a kick-about game in the park. So the loss...

Faf du Plessis
Eager to take on the West Indies
I’ve been enjoying my time at home in Cape Town, but the focus has been on getting my hip right....

Neil Down Under
Week 2
Hashim Amla said after Sydney’s ODI that the series had been “closer than the scoreline would...