Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




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

Cricket | Women

Mignon du Preez © Gallo Images

Women's cricket on the way up: Du Preez



South Africa are making strides in women's cricket, according to national captain Mignon du Preez, after the Proteas women returned home from the Women's World Cup on Tuesday.

The Proteas women finished in sixth position, losing to Sri Lanka in the fifth-place playoff in Cuttack, India.

"We are definitely more competitive than we used to be," Du Preez said.

"We've moved up two places from eighth to sixth, and some of the top teams are beginning to take note of us."

She ascribed the improvement in the team's performance to more training camps and exposure to different coaches.

"We were able to tap into some of the resources the men enjoy, like performance coaches and that sort of thing, and we also had coaches from some of the men's team coming to help us. That opened our eyes to a different perspective on the game," Du Preez said.

"I also think women's cricket is being taken more seriously. We still hear the negative comments, but people are beginning to realise that we are good athletes who play our game very well.

"A lot of that is the result of more cricket being televised, which means people are exposed to what women's cricket is all about. Some of the World Cup games were televised and had massive viewership."

Du Preez said the Proteas women's next big tournament was the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh next year, but they were hoping to play a number of international fixtures before then.

"While we were outside the top six, it was hard to set up matches against the top teams, but that has changed now," she said.

"Australia (Women's World Cup champions), were very impressed with us because we gave them a real run for their money, and they will be more willing to play us now. We need to compete against the very best in order to lift our game."

Coach Hilton Moreeng believed the standard of women's cricket as a whole had improved.

"It's not just us -¬ women's cricket has made giant strides in the last four years," he said.

He said the fact that the team now had a sponsor – Momentum came on board in January – would make a massive difference.

"It means we can plan for more international matches and also for more academies, training camps and Super Four tournaments involving the best players in the country," he said.

"We have some outstanding players and I believe women's cricket in South Africa is going to go from strength to strength."

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

Sports Talk



Kepler Wessels
The Proteas keep marching on
As expected the Proteas defeated New Zealand in emphatic fashion here in Mount Maunganui in the...

Faf du Plessis
Unfamiliar territory in NZ
Greetings from Mount Maunganui in New Zealand. Where, you might ask, and you wouldn’t be alone. I...

Haze's Comment
South Africa's team culture is exceptional
The chronicled KP allegations have highlighted the necessity and importance of changeroom decorum....

Mpumelelo Mbangwa
Any lessons to learn from the KP saga?
The saying goes: "what happens in the changeroom stays in the changeroom" and there are variations...

Neil Manthorp
Dead boring
Death and cricket are no strangers, mostly because the game takes so long to play and consumes so...