CWG 2022: ‘We’re excited for the experience, the girls are eager to get out there’

South Africa vice-captain Chloe Tryon and head coach Hilton Moring are full of excitement as they embark on their team’s journey to their maiden appearance in women’s T20 cricket at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

On Saturday, South Africa continue their Group B campaign against New Zealand at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground before taking on England (August 2) and Sri Lanka (August 4) for a place in the semi-finals.

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“We are really excited. When we heard the news that women’s cricket would be at the Commonwealth Games, we were all buzzing about it. It will be fantastic to be part of the South African team and represent them. We are excited for the experience. are; the girls are eager to get out there and start playing again. We’ve had a couple of days off to prepare ourselves and get into the South African clothes and represent,” Chloe said.

Despite losing 3-0 to England in the recently concluded three-match T20I series, South Africa have enjoyed success in their recent history of tournament cricket, winning the ICC Women’s T20 and 50 in 2020. have reached the semi-finals in the Cricket World Cup of 2022 and 2022 respectively.

“The fact that it’s T20 cricket, it makes it close and it makes it tough. The teams we’re playing against are all dangerous. We’ve played in the England tour recently and off the back of it. , we know what they are capable of. We know that New Zealand have very dangerous players and even Sri Lanka is not a team that you can drop immediately.

“So, in day-to-day T20 cricket, you need to be on your feet and very quick, and the good thing for us is that we have the match fitness and the finesse that will be needed to go into games. (When it comes to) preparation and making sure everyone gets playing time, we’re very happy with that,” Moreng said.

Moreng further remarked that South Africa will have to tick the box with consistency, focus and hard work to stand a chance of winning a medal in Birmingham. The Proteas are without retired Liselle Lee, injured regular captain Dan van Niekerk, wicketkeeper-batsman Trisha Chetty, Tami Sekhukhone and all-rounder Marizanne Kapp (personal reasons) for the quadrennial event.

“If we can fire in all the areas that we know we can be as consistent with the bat as it is just 120 balls then anything can happen. We need to stay in the moment, stay focused and work hard because we know opportunities are going to come in the field, our bowling unit always creates it. It’s about taking our chances.”

“We know that if we can give ourselves a chance to get out of the group, we can take it from there. They’ve played a lot of knockout cricket. They’ve been to the semi-finals and they know there. What’s needed to get there. As far as the experience and youth we have in the squad, it’s well balanced and now it’s for them to show that we have another chance to go all the way.

Cricket is making a return to the Commonwealth Games after 24 years, when the men’s List A matches were played in Kuala Lumpur in the 1998 edition and South Africa won the gold medal. But, in 2022, Birmingham will see the simultaneous debut of women’s cricket and the T20 format.

Chloe, 28, believes that the women’s T20 event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be a significant leap in the development of the women’s game and making it a global sport.

“We always want to grow the women’s game. We want more cricket to be played. Holding the Commonwealth Games will be big for us. We have always said we want to leave a legacy. We want to make sure that That we are playing a lot of cricket, and we are growing the game more and more.

“We want people to watch a lot of cricket as well, so we are hoping that we can get the crowd as well. It will be fantastic to be involved in this event and we are hoping that we have more T20 cricket for women around the world.

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