SA women cricketers adapting to hot and humid Caribbean conditions

Proteas celebrating during the match between Protea Women and New Zealand White Ferns on 8 October 2016 at the Diamond Oval Kimberley.

File: SA women's cricket coach Hilton Moreeng is satisfied with the team’s drive since their arrival in the West Indies on Monday.

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BRIDGETOWN – SA women's cricket coach Hilton Moreeng is satisfied with the team’s drive since their arrival in the West Indies on Monday. 

The national women’s team are in the Caribbean for a three-match One-Day International (ODI) and five-match T20 International series starting on Sunday. 

The team have had two training sessions since their arrival in Barbados and the coach is pleased with the quick progress the players have made with each session under extremely hot and humid conditions. 

They have a warm-up match on Thursday against an Invitational side that will also assist in preparing for the first ICC Women’s Championship match, which is vital for getting points towards direct qualification for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. 

“We’re very excited,” Moreeng said. “The last two days have been good for us. 

"We had extreme heat on Day One and you could see a few players were under pressure regarding it and they realized these are conditions that they have to acclimatize to. 

"We’re very happy we were able to come earlier to be able to prepare for that. The second day saw a bit of rain disruption but at the end of the day were able to get some practice in which was very good in preparation for our warm-up game. 

“Yes, wickets and conditions are very different from what we’re used to, so it’s very important for each and every player to be given an opportunity to prepare and get time in the middle.”

Moreeng believes that he has the right personnel for what will be demanded of the team during this tour as they look to win an ODI series in the West Indies for the very first time.