Hilton Moreeng says that he was impressed with the Proteas Women’s batting, despite their previous troubles in that department.
Laura Wolvaardt, one of three players named in the Team of the Tournament, scored 324 runs at an impressive average of 64.80. The 18-year-old struck four half-centuries in the seven matches she played, with a top score of 71.
Fellow opener, Lizelle Lee scored 269 runs at an average of 44.83 and a strike rate of 103.46.
Ex-skipper Mignon du Preez also impressed averaging at 57.25 and was placed seventh overall. She recorded 229 runs in total.
The Proteas coach complimented his sides batting throughout the tournament.
‘Batting has always been our headache,’ Moreeng said.
‘The way the batters came to the party at this World Cup showed the amount of maturity, growth and work that was put in. The power-hitting was a real highlight and it’s an important element that can change the entire face of a game should a player be able to do that.
‘So overall it was fantastic and it’s something we can certainly build on.’
Dane van Niekerk, meanwhile, topped the bowling charts with 15 wickets, finishing two clear of compatriot Marizanne Kapp (13). Both joined Wolvaardt in the ICC world team.
‘Our bowlers generally always know what to do,’ Moreeng added.
‘They’ve proven that in the different conditions that we’ve faced all over the world and they did it once again in England.
‘It’s one of the best bowling attacks in the world and I can’t wait to see what else they do in future now that they have shown the world just how good they are.’
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