We need to adapt quicker: SA women’s cricket coach

TAROUBA, Trinidad and Tobago – SA women’s cricket coach Hilton Moreeng on Friday lamented the batting unit’s inconsistency, calling for them to learn to adapt to the changes a lot faster ahead of Friday night's T20 match.

South Africa suffered a 17-run defeat to West Indies after failing to chase down their 125-run target in their five-match T20 series opener but the coach is confident that the team will bounce back.

The remainder of the series will be played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad starting on Friday night.

“The turn-around time regarding the two formats (ODI and T20) is something for us to learn to adapt quicker,” he said.

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“You could see that most of the batters were still in ODI mode and then as the innings progressed they switched gears but by then it was too late. With the World T20 coming up really soon, this is something that we need to correct and very quickly.

“I’d like to see a lot more intent as far as batting is concerned,” he continued. “The 124 that was posted is a score that I think we should have been able to chase down easily on any given day but it just didn’t happen.

"I want to see more partnerships being formed and better execution of the various skills that this team is blessed with in the matches to follow. The players are also disappointed with our start and I know that they are eager to get onto the park and rectify what they did in the first match.”

Moreeng was also pleased with Chloe Tryon’s leadership in the match. Dané van Niekerk suffered a mild sprained ankle in the last ODI and missed the first match as she continued treatment.

As vice-captain, Tryon took the reins and did an admirable job in the coach’s assessment.

“Chloe did well as the captain on the day,” he added