Dane Van Niekerk: We don’t want the heartache of 2017 again

Dane van Niekerk believes that South Africa is ‘babies’ compared to Australia. She says confidently that South Africa’s ‘babies’ are ready for upcoming ICC women’s T20 World Cup semi-final against Australia.

 

Dane Van Niekerk. Women's T20 World Cup 2020
Dane Van Niekerk. Women’s T20 World Cup 2020

 

The South African team reached the final four for the second time with their undefeated performance in the Group B campaign. On the other hand, Australia has won the tournament four times previously.

“Australia has been in so many semi-finals and finals. We are babies compared to them when it comes to experience,” said the captain.

Talking about the year 2014, Dane recalls that the team was absolutely shocked and surprised.

“You go there wanting to do well in a tournament, but it’s different to say you’re going to come and win a World Cup.

Dane Van Niekerk emphasizes that their team effort has got them this far in the tournament. She also talks about the disappointing loss in the semi-finals of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup against England. Van Niekerk was at the helm for South Africa’s major disappointment, a two-wicket defeat to England at the 2017 Cricket World Cup.

“We don’t want the heartache of 2017 again. It was very tough for a lot of the players and management, we’re definitely going to do everything we can tomorrow to make sure we don’t have that feeling again.”

The Proteas group-stage victory over England this year was a statement about their recent progress as a unit.

 

Anya Shrubsole comforting Dane van Niekerk after England beat South Africa World Cup semi-final was one of the moments of the tournament
Anya Shrubsole comforting Dane van Niekerk after England beat South Africa World Cup semi-final was one of the moments of the tournament. Pic Credits: Sky Sports

Key contributions have come from Lizelle Lee in her performance against Thailand and Laura Woolvardt scored a match-winning 50 against Pakistan.

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From the bowling side, Shabnim Ismail and Nonkululeko Mlaba have proved their skills with their performances.

Marizanne Kapp is in doubt with the concerns over the fitness due to a virus in recent days.

Kapp will be assessed on the morning of the game with her participation still in doubt.

“Everybody around the room knows how important Marizanne is for our side,” she said.

“She’s not only one of the pace bowlers in the world, but she’s also one of the best all-rounders.

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“We’re lucky enough to have 15 very talented cricketers, so whatever decision is made I’m confident players will stick up their hand and make sure she’s not missed too much.

Sune (Luus) has put up her hand in Marizanne’s role with the batting. I’m not too worried but hopefully, she gets up in good spirits so we can include her in the team.”

News Source: ICC Media Zone

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