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Proteas women hard at work with no tour scheduled

24 Nov 2020, 22:43 GMT+10

The Proteas women began their fourth off-season camp at the High Performance Centre (HPC) this week as they continue to work towards the start of the 2020/21 term that begins next month in a bio-secure setting.

A 18-strong group is made up of nationally contracted players, High-Performance players and academy players, who have assembled in Pretoria for the week-long programme.

The camp, which runs from 23-27 November, is focussed on further enhancing the fitness of players and refining their playing skill before the new campaign begins with the Women's Super League (WSL) on 14 December.

"We're happy with what we're seeing from the players so far," Proteas head coach Hilton Moreeng said. "They have really managed to stay fit and in shape considering all that has happened so far this year.

"I think all of them you can see when they're in the nets and practicing, the basics we have been emphasising are all still there. They are also constantly improving their fitness levels, so everyone is now just excited and keen to get out there in the middle and play cricket."

Seamer Ayabonga Khaka and all-rounder Sune Luus are also in attendance following their participation in the Women's T20 Challenge - India's lucrative Twenty20 league.

Eight players are currently playing in the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) are absent due to their commitments in Australia.

South Africa had two tours cancelled in recent months due to the Covid-19 outbreak. They were scheduled to play West Indies and England in recent months, but those tours were postponed because of the virus.

READ: SPECIAL REPORT | Will women's cricket in SA be under threat post-Covid-19?

Moreeng believes the girls will be more than ready to play when they are called to duty in the weeks ahead.

"There's a lot that we are building towards with these camps, domestically and internationally with the World Cups coming up," Moreeng added.

"So it's very important for us to make sure that each and every one that comes into the set-up, they understand what needs to happen, where we're going as a team and how we can make sure we keep improving I think as far as the rankings go and howe we can get the team to be in the top three of world cricket.

"In terms of readiness, I think when that tour comes we'll be ready. The girls will also have an opportunity when the WSL comes, so all-in-all, we just can't wait to play."

Proteas women squad:

Masabata Klaas, Tazmin Btitz, Anneke Bosch, Ayabonga Khaka, Robyn Searle, Trisha Chetty, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Lara Goodall, Andrie Steyn, Sune Luus, Nondumiso Shangase, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Micheala Andrews, Delmi Tucker, Tebogo Macheke, Nobulomko Baneti, Khayakaze Mathe, Jade De Figueiredo

- Cricket South Africa

Source: News24

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