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SA v SL: “I’ve Been Working On A Few Things”- Tazmin Brits On Her Assessment Of The T20 World Cup

SA v SL: In a display of sheer dominance, South Africa emerged triumphant in the first T20I against Sri Lanka, with standout performances paving the way for victory. Among the shining stars was Tazmin Brits, whose explosive batting prowess earned her acclaim on the cricketing stage.

Even as the Proteas skipper Laura Wolvaardt scored a delightful century and Marizanne Kapp scored a 60, it was a collective team effort for South Africa as they gave a drubbing to Sri Lanka in the 1st T20I. As the dust settles on their triumph in the first match, it is pertinent to also keep the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in the fore, where Brits and her compatriots are poised to make their mark on the global stage, falling short in the finals of the last edition.

Brits, who played a pivotal role in South Africa’s resounding victory over Sri Lanka, is no stranger to success on the cricket field. With a blistering 15 off just 8 balls in the first T20I, she showcased her ability to seize the moment and deliver under pressure. Tazmin Brits is keenly aware of the challenges that await in Bangladesh, where the T20 World Cup will be held.

While responding to Neha Shetty of Women’s CricIsnight in the Press Conference, the batter outlined her preparations for the conditions there and emphasised the importance of adaptability and expanding her shot selection.

“Yeah, I’ve been working on a few things,” Tazmin Brits explained.

“I’m a very straight player, but I’ve been working on maybe the square shots and the sweeps and the reverses and stuff like that for the slower wickets and a lot more turn. At the end of the day, all you can do is keep practising and maybe broaden your shot selection a bit more. Hopefully, my skill level by then should be on point.”

Tazmin Brits has been adding a few weapons to her arsenal [Image: Getty]
Tazmin Brits has been adding a few weapons to her arsenal [Image: Getty]
Her dedication to refining her technique reflects a deep commitment to elevating her game to the highest level, a mindset that has propelled her to success in recent outings.

Brits’s stellar performances against Australia have not gone unnoticed. In the T20 series against Australia, she emerged as the third-highest run-getter with 100 runs, showcasing her ability to adapt to different playing conditions. Reflecting on her experiences, Brits highlighted the nuances of facing varied bowling attacks and the adjustments required in her approach.

“Yeah, Australia was completely something different for me,” Tazmin Brits remarked. “Although I scored the runs, that was a very, very massive learning curve for me. But taking that experience with Sri Lanka, I think it’s two different teams. Facing pace on the ball in Australia was a lot better and a lot nicer, whereas, with Sri Lanka, they’re a bit shorter, statured and a lot more spin and slower bowling.”

She further remarked, “So power-hitting becomes a massive thing with timing, I believe. I think I’m very strong in a sense, but if there’s no timing, then the ball’s definitely not going to travel. So I’ve got to maybe hold back a bit and, you know, work on the timing of the ball.”

Tazmin Brits is known in cricketing circles for her power hitting [Image: Getty]
Tazmin Brits is known in cricketing circles for her power-hitting [Image: Getty]
Her ability to analyze and adapt to different playing conditions underscores her versatility as a batter, making her a formidable presence in the South African lineup.

Looking ahead to the next match against Sri Lanka, Brits emphasized the importance of maintaining momentum and addressing areas for improvement. Despite the victory in the previous game, she remains focused on fine-tuning the team’s performance, pinpointing areas where they can excel further.

“It’s difficult to say,” Tazmin Brits mused. “In the previous game, we actually ticked all the boxes that we were looking at. But if we want to be very strict, bowlers maybe bowled too many wides, There were seven wards in the game where there shouldn’t be so many. Even as a batter, it would have been nice if I maybe contributed a bit more in the power play before the World Cup comes in and worked on attacking the dot balls.” 

She further observed, “There were 16 dot balls in the powerplay. So maybe just minimising those things. But, you know, if we can basically just do what we did now, even if it’s a ball field or a cup, or maybe someone else sticking up their hand at the end of the day if we have a set batter that can battle the end, I think we’ll be winning a lot more games.”

Her candid assessment of the team’s performance highlights her commitment to continuous improvement, a mindset that bodes well for South Africa’s prospects in the upcoming matches and beyond.

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