Big image: England the favourites
South Africa in a semi-final. Against England. You suppose you know the way this ends, do not you?
For all that is towards them, South Africa have one large factor of their favour: residence assist. Newlands has already seen a file crowd for a ladies’s worldwide — of over 7,500 folks — within the event opener and the semi-final match may set a brand new one and the tone for a era of girls’s gamers to return.
In the top, the legacy of this semi-final might show to be essential in a rustic like South Africa the place the home system stays fragile and prone to falling additional behind international locations like Australia, England and India. South Africa have come closest to breaking the massive three hegemony on the expansion of the ladies’s recreation and this event shall be a litmus check for a way far off the tempo or near the boil they’re.
South Africa WLWLW (final 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)
In the highlight: Sune Luus and Sophia Dunkley
Team news: Bell to return for England
South Africa have most popular Anneke Bosch over Delmi Tucker and Ayabonga Khaka over Masabata Klaas for his or her matches at Newlands and are prone to persist with that mixture.
South Africa: 1 Laura Wolvaardt, 2 Tazmin Brits, 3 Marizanne Kapp, 4 Suné Luus (capt), 5 Chloe Tryon, 6 Anneke Bosch, 7 Nadine de Klerk, 8 Sinalo Jafta (wk), 9 Shabnim Ismail, 10 Ayabonga Khaka, 11 Nonkululekho Mlaba
After resting Lauren Bell for the match towards Pakistan, England are set to return to their first-choice XI.
England: 1 Danni Wyatt, 2 Sophia Dunkley, 3 Alice Capsey, 4 Nat Sciver-Brunt, 5 Heather Knight (capt), 6 Amy Jones (wk), 7 Sophie Ecclestone, 8 Katherine Sciver-Brunt, 9 Sarah Glenn, 10 Charlie Dean, 11 Lauren Bell
Pitch and situations
Newlands has hosted 16 T20s this summer season throughout the SA20 and Women’s World Cup and its sq. is exhibiting indicators of late season fatigue. Apart from pretty low and generally uneven bounce, the pitches have lacked tempo and supplied some flip which is opposite to what groups normally count on in South Africa. Only England have appeared free-flowing at this venue whereas bowlers on all sides have learnt to not err on the brief facet, however pitch it up as an alternative. Temperatures are cooler than final week, with the utmost anticipated within the mid-20s, no rain and solely the gentlest of breezes.
Stats and trivia
- In head-to-head phrases, England maintain the higher hand. They have gained 19 out of 23 T20Is towards South Africa, and solely misplaced to them as soon as at a World Cup — in February 2020.
- England have a batting strike price of 154.77 towards spin on this event — one of the best of any staff.
- South Africa’s strike price towards tempo is 94.44, the third worst behind New Zealand and Bangladesh.
That’s nice, then there is not any stress on us or something. We can simply exit and luxuriate in, play free cricket, benefit from the second and attempt to do our greatest.
Asked if South Africa have been written off earlier than a ball has even bowled Suné Luus was bullish.
«The pressure is all on South Africa. It’s the home World Cup for them. So, we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. There’s such a calm feeling in our group at the minute, which is really nice. So, I think we’re not going to change anything. It’s just going to be really important to stay calm and just enjoy each other’s company, I guess. And just go out there, back ourselves and what will be, will be.»
But Danni Wyatt says the ball is in South Africa’s court docket.
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent for South Africa and girls’s cricket
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