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Women Proteas going for glory

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“I think the make-up of the whole squad makes for a really good show and I’m a big believer in the power of sport in uniting the country,”

The Springboks’ emotional World Cup triumph last year will inspire the South Africa women’s cricket team to try to emulate them at the T20 World Cup in Australia, captain Dané van Niekerk said yesterday.

Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s first black Test captain in 2018, helped transform the Bok side who claimed their third World Cup triumph by beating England in the final in Japan.

SA have not advanced beyond the semi-finals in the women’s T20 World Cup, but Van Niekerk hopes to take them further in the February 21-March 8 tournament in Australia.

Really good show

“I think the make-up of the whole squad makes for a really good show and I’m a big believer in the power of sport in uniting the country,” the all-rounder wrote in her column for the ICC website.

“No women’s team has won a World Cup before and we are hoping that as a team, we can unite the country in our own way, especially considering the challenges we face as women in South Africa.

“We are aiming to go out there and do something special for our country just like Siya Kolisi and the Springboks did in the Rugby World Cup in Japan.”

The Proteas begin their Group B campaign against inaugural champions England in Perth on February 23.

Reuters