For a long time, the Proteas Women’s team have been in awe of their opponents. As in, they looked to compete rather than actually go out there and dominate. Matches against the torchbearers of women’s cricket – Australia, England and New Zealand – were viewed in the context of gauging the progress made since the last contest. Close defeats were lauded for the “guts and character” displayed and “lessons learnt” for another day. There was something very self-deprecating about it all. This is not criticism, for much of it could be understood. In essence, South Africa were for a long time a “bunch of girls” coming up against professional women. I am loath to compare apples and pears – men’s and women’s cricket – for they are entirely two different beasts. And to search for the similarities is frivolous and missing the point entirely. It is a bit like 15s and sevens in rugby union. They were born from the same mother, but they are siblings with their own personalities and unique characteristics. However, I cannot stop myself from finding the connection between Dané van Niekerk’s 2017 World Cup team and Kepler Wessels’ 1992 World Cup virgins. Both teams were young and talented, with Laura… Read full this story
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