Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed today that England women will host the Momentum Proteas women in a three-match Twenty20 (T20) series from 1 to 7 September 2014. This will be South Africa’s first series in the United Kingdom since 2008.
The thirteen-day tour will see the teams play the first match at the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford, the second at the County Ground in Northampton and the third will be the curtain-raiser to the men’s T20 against India at Edgbaston. All three matches will be live on Sky Sports.
SA women’s coach, Hilton Moreeng, is looking forward to testing his side against one of the world’s best teams. South Africa are number eight in the Reliance ICC Women’s T20 rankings, while England are in second place.
“This is a great opportunity for women’s cricket in South Africa,” he said. “For us to become even better, we need to play more international matches, both home and away. This tour against England, although short, will assist us in showing us exactly where we measure up against one of the best sides in the world. For us to play in front of a live TV audience will be a good opportunity for more people to appreciate the quality of women’s international cricket.”
England have had a more successful campaign in their recent encounters with South Africa. They have beaten them on seven out of the eight times they have met in recent times, with the eighth abandoned with no result.
“Previous tours won’t matter in the present context because we are fielding a different squad,” Moreeng continued. “We have played more matches and will be coming off our World T20 campaign where we will get another opportunity to watch them play. We also have a really good blend of youth and experience, with exciting young players.
“It’s definitely going to be a series to look out for. We will want to prove that we can play competitive cricket and measure up well against a team like England,” he finished.
CSA Chief Executive, Mr Haroon Lorgat said; “This is excellent news not just for our Momentum National Women’s team but for all women’s cricket in South Africa. The privilege of our team competing in England in such a high profile series against one of the undoubted leaders in the women’s game is setting new standards for our women’s cricket.
“It is a well-deserved honour and shows the enormous strides we have been making and I am sure this news will inspire and motivate all our players on the eve of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Playing on the same famous international grounds as the England men’s team will surely be a wonderful experience for our Momentum National Women’s team.
“I wish to thank the England and Wales Cricket Board for this splendid invitation.”