Moreeng wary of wounded England

Momentum Proteas coach, Hilton Moreeng lauded his team for their convincing, seven-wicket victory over England in their opening ICC Women’s Championship One-Day International series match which took place in Worcester on Saturday.

Moreeng was delighted with the side’s performance as they took a one-nil lead in the three-match contest, but is wary of celebrating too much too soon as he is certain the hosts will look to bounce back strong in what will be a must-win match for them in Hove on Tuesday.

“As coaching staff and a management team, you can’t ask for a lot more than the way we started on Saturday,” he commented. “If you ask me it was a near to perfect game, everything happened according to plan and the bowlers set the tone very well (up front).

Coming to England and playing them in their home ground, it was important for us to start the series well. The win gave us the momentum that we needed and it has set the series up well for us.

“Going forward, we know that it’s going to be tough because England is a team that is wounded on home soil and we’re going to have to prepare accordingly, both mentally and physically, to make sure that we’re ready for the next game.”

This latest victory against the World Champions was South Africa’s first against them since 2016, when they beat them by five wickets at SuperSport Park in Centurion. Prior to that, they had not beaten England at home or otherwise since August 2003 in Bristol where the team, then captained by Alison Hodgkinson, held their nerve for an 11-run win in their second of three ODIs.

England walked away with the series on both occasions and Moreeng hopes that this time, his team will make history by beating the hosts in an ODI series for the very first time.

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-Cricket SA