Skipper Lanning won’t be taking Proteas lightly


Australia’s women’s side have a bit of a break before their ODI series against South Africa in November, but skipper Meg Lanning will be using that time to prepare for the unpredictable Proteas.

Lanning, whose side beat Sri Lanka convincingly in a recent series, is aware that while the Proteas have never beaten her side, they are filled with increasingly good players.

The likes of Dane van Niekerk, Mignon du Preez, and Shabnim Ismael, all of whom played in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League, are familiar with Lanning and company, and she is not making any assumptions of victory.

Lanning told the CA website: “They’re a very dangerous team with some high-end talent.

“They’re creating a lot of depth as well. We’re certainly going to have to play well.

“We’ve been focusing on ourselves and trying to nail down how we want to play our one-day cricket heading into the World Cup next year.

“We’ve only got a certain number of games until we get there.”

As for their series in Sri Lanka, the skipper was pleased with the way the team settled after nearly losing the opening match.

She added: “We were a little bit scratchy in the first couple of games and didn’t really meet the standards that we wanted to get to.

“I thought the last two games were great. We had some really good individual performances, but as a group we performed really well.

“It’s nice to finish the ODI series with some really strong performances.”