Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
4 minute read
22 Feb 2020
9:53 am

SA women’s cricket: Another step forward

Wesley Botton

Their male counterparts might be struggling pronouncedly, but Dane van Niekerk and her troops are quietly rising in prominence as the World T20 starts.

Dane van Niekerk of South Africa poses with a Koala during the ICC 2020 Women's Twenty20 World Cup Captains media call at Taronga Zoo on February 17, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

While the national men's cricket team has faced widespread criticism for its recent decline, and Cricket South Africa's administrators are under fire for alleged mismanagement, the SA women's team have been quietly preparing to take on the global elite. On Sunday they will open their campaign at the T20 Women's World Cup in Australia when they play their opening group match against England. And while they may not be among the favourites for the title, ranked sixth in the world in the short format, the national women's side have come a long way in a relatively short period of time....