Of course, skills, quality, temperament and several other factors play a part but a team high on confidence is often able to execute plans in a better way, achieve better results. In the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, look no further than South Africa for validation on the above. They came in as the dark horses and are now in the semifinal after defeating a strong side like India.
Australia: It’s unlikely Australia will change the combination that has worked for them so far. However, the think-tank will be tempted to rest Lanning for the game considering her injury.
South Africa: They are also unlikely to change combination and field the same XI that took on Sri Lanka in their last game.
What they said:
“It will be a really good test for us to continue to improve on our game, and hopefully we can get the result we want before moving onto the semis. We want to keep on playing aggressive cricket and take the points. Their opening bowlers, in [Shabnim] Ismail and Marizanne Kapp in particular, are very dangerous” – Meg Lanning.
“The girls are training really hard, their hearts are in it, they want to be here until the end, so we’ll just try and control what we can control” – Dane van Niekerk.
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani and Amanda-Jade Wellington.
South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty. Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt, Odine Kirsten.