“We have grown as a team since and have worked extremely hard to get our ODI game into a position where we can be a force to be reckoned with” – SA skipper.
JOHANNESBURG – SA women’s cricket captain Sune Luus says Pakistan will provide the perfect challenge in the first One-Day International in Durban on Wednesday.
Luus said ahead of the first encounter in the three-match series: “We love playing against Pakistan as they test us in all areas of our game.
“The last time they were here in South Africa they gave us a good run for our money and that is the kind of competition we are looking for as a team.
“The goal for us is to go out tomorrow and make our mark from the first ball because we do not want a repeat of the last time they were here where we allowed them to assert themselves on our home conditions.
“We have grown as a team since and have worked extremely hard to get our ODI game into a position where we can be a force to be reckoned with, especially with an eye on next year’s World Cup.”
Luus knows that every match against Pakistan will be difficult.
“We know when we play against Pakistan that we are in for a real battle. Our rivalry has grown over the years and whilst we have had the edge over them historically, we have had some great, challenging series against them and have no doubt this one will be just as competitive.”
The 25-year-old skipper noted that the recent national team schedule had kept the players busy and ready for the upcoming challenge.
“If we look back to our season, we have not had a lot of International cricket due to the pandemic, however management have arranged camps and the WSL (Women Super League) T20 to get us to this stage where we feel we are ready for the big stage.
“The players have had a great deal of net sessions and in time in the middle, so we are happy with our preparation leading into the match tomorrow.
“This is a key series to lead into. It will a good indication to see where we are at as a team. Our return to international cricket campaign plan has been well thought out and after this series we will review and look at what we need to fine tune.”
African News Agency (ANA)