Women cricketers prepare for battle

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

The South African women's cricket team has lined-up international matches against Ireland and England in preparation for the International Cricket Council Women's World Cup in Australia next year.

They meet Ireland in a one-day international and Twenty20 matches on July 31 and August 1. Both games will be played at Wellington College.

They tour England from August 4 to 23 to play five one day internationals and three Twenty20 matches against the English.

Zola Thamae, SA team manager, said their preparations have been excellent. This follows their successful three-day training camp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria last weekend.

Coach Noor Rhodes was also very happy about their preparations. Noor said they watched a lot of video tapes to analyse their opponents' strength and weakness.

Full squad: Cri-Zelda Brits - captain (Free State); Claire Terblanche -vice-captain (Boland); Olivia Anderson (Western Province); Susan Benade (Free State); Trisha Chetty (KwaZulu-Natal); Dinesha Devnarain (KwaZulu-Natal); Shandre Fritz (Western Province); Ashlyn Kilowan (Western Province); Marcia Letsoalo (Northerns); Sunette Loubser (Boland); Analie Minny (Free State); Alicia Smith (Boland); Daleen Terblanche (Gauteng) and Charlize van der Westhuizen (Northerns).

Management: Zola Thamae (manager); Noor Rhode (coach); Dayle Brookstein (video analyst) and John Bailey (technical advisor).