JOHANNESBURG: Momentum Proteas women want to make history by winning a bilateral One-Day International (ODI) series against England for the first time when they meet in the third and final ICC Women’s Challenge(IWC) match Friday.
Although she was disappointed with her sides last performance, all-rounder Marizanne Kappa still strongly believes that they are capable of winning the and clinching series.
“We’re excited (for the final),” she claimed. “A bit disappointed with our previous performance though. I don’t think we rocked up, but still there are a lot of positives to take out of that game and then obviously our first game. We just have to back ourselves. I mean, we’ve got nothing to lose, England is actually the team that everyone expects to win, so hopefully we can rock up tomorrow and just play our natural game.”
Kapp also admitted that the team seemed to lack the confidence they had started the series with.
“I think it’s definitely a confidence issue,” she explained. “We know we’ve got really skilful players and that we’re a really good side, but I think it’s just up in the head. We don’t always believe that we are really good, but if we come out with a clear mindset and with the same belief that we had in the first game then we’ll come out on top tomorrow.”
The Port Elizabeth native reckons that winning the series will mean a lot for South Africa as a team and the players individually. It will go a long way in building the team’s confidence, especially when they play against top countries like England and Australia.
“I think it will be a big thing for us,” she continued. “It will be yet another move in the right direction. Something like this will just help us get better and better and become more consistent.
“Skill-wise we’re up there with anyone in the world, I think sometimes teams like England and Australia just have greater belief, almost like an arrogance that they know they are gonna beat you so if we can start having that same confidence in our own skills and talents and going out and playing with that kind of mindset, I don’t think anyone is going to be able to stop us.”
The third and final ODI will be broadcast live on SuperSport 6 from 14:45.