Sinalo Jafta (24) and Nondumiso Shangase (23) are looking forward to soaking up as much information as they can during the Proteas women’s home tour against Pakistan starting on Monday. The pair were called up after selectors were pleased with their performances in the Cricket South Africa women’s provincial structures.
Jafta, who has five One-Day International (ODI) caps under her belt already, said she is both nervous and excited to be back in the national set-up for the first time in two years, but will back her training which is what has brought her this far.
“I actually thought I got called to be told that I’ve missed out on the call-up, until he (Clinton du Preez, national convenor of selectors) told me that I’ve made it for the tour,” Jafta explained with a laugh. “I thought it was just for the ODIs because previously, I only ever played ODIs so when he said I was in for the whole tour, inside I was like ‘finally all this hard work has brought me back here.’ It’s taken two years but I’m finally back. It was emotional.
“This time around, yes there are nerves, which is good. If I wasn’t nervous I think I would be wasting my time, but at the same time, it’s not overshadowing my confidence.”
Shangase is looking at her call-up more from a learning point of view. She hopes to get game time, but more than anything else is keen to learn as much as she can from the experienced players around her. Speaking about her experience of the first week of training and how the phone call announcing her call-up went, she said;
“I was at Kingsmead practicing (with the KZN women’s provincial team) when Clinton (du Preez) called me and told me that I’m gonna be part of the squad in both formats. I was so speechless. I froze, I didn’t say anything to him, I kept quiet. I was so excited and emotional. I even cried.
“It (the pre-tour camp) was a bit tough, but I got through it with the help of the senior players. I really enjoyed it and I’m really excited for the upcoming series. I was with the team in previous camps so coming in here wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I have really enjoyed this time so far.”
With a lot at stake for the South African team in the ICC Women’s Championship ODI series starting on Monday, both players are satisfied with the team’s preparation. They are also pleased with the assistance that the senior players and other teammates have given.
“I feel like the week went well prep-wise,” Jafta commented. “I know what I have to do and I’m just happy with what I’ve done so far. The team is very confident and we trust that we’re going to do what we prepared for.
“Shibby (Shabnim Ismail), Dané (van Niekerk), Minx (Mignon du Preez) and Chloe (Tryon) have just been there for me since getting back,” she continued. “They know how the games works, they’ve been in tough and easy situations, so I feel like with that experience if I’m ever in doubt they are my first point of call, they have so many years of experience between them.”
Shangase echoed Jafta’s comments, saying; “Kappie (Marizanne Kapp) has been so good at motivating me, she has been helping me and pointing out the areas where I’m doing well and has helped where I’m not so good. It’s also been good to be here with Tumi (Sekhukhune) who I was with at the (Powerade) National Academy last year where she got called up, but now I’m here with her and I have enjoyed experiencing this team with her around.”
With eight matches in the tour – three ODIs and five T20s – both hope to receive an opportunity to play and show selectors and coaching staff what they can do, but it goes further than that. An opportunity to stake a claim for a more permanent position in the team is also up for grabs and the pair are determined to leave a lasting mark.
“What I want is to look back at the end of the tour and know that I’ve left everything on the field and if I get a chance to play, I come away from the experience with a lot more knowledge and hopefully I’ve also made a good contribution to the team whether it’s on or off the field. The selectors said I should stake my claim and see what happens, so for me, I’m just gonna go and give my hundred percent,” Jafta stated.
“I didn’t think it was gonna happen so fast. I was aiming for maybe after this year’s national academy but I’m grateful,” Shangase added. “By the end of this tour, I’m hoping to be a better player than before. To learn a lot about my batting and bowling because I’m an all-rounder and I want to take in as much as I can so that I can get another call-up.”
The first ODI will be played at Senwest Park on 06 May 2019 from 10:00 local time. Entrance is free. The whole Pakistan tour to South Africa will be live streamed on the Cricket South Africa YouTube channel (link here ). Regular updates will be available through Cricket South Africa’s platforms on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cricketsouthafrica) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/officialcsa).
Proteas women’s ODI team
Suné Luus (captain, Northerns), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Lizelle Lee (wicket-keeper, North West), Andrie Steyn (Western Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Masabata Klaas (North West), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Nadine De Klerk (Northens), Zintle Mali (Border), Nondumiso Shangase (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (wicket-keeper, North West).
Proteas women’s T20 team
Suné Luus (captain, Northerns), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Lizelle Lee (North West), Tazmin Brits (North West), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Masabata Klaas (North West), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Nadine De Klerk (Northens), Moseline Daniels (Border), Nondumiso Shangase (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (wicket-keeper, North West).
Mon 06 Day 1st Women’s ODI Senwes Park Potchefstroom
Thu 09 Day 2nd Women’s ODI Senwes Park Potchefstroom
Sun 12 Day 3rd Women’s ODI Willowmoore Park Benoni
Wed 15 Day 1st Women’s T20I Assupol Tuks Oval Pretoria
Sat 18 Day 2nd Women’s T20I Pietermaritzburg Oval Pietermaritzburg
Sun 19 Day 3rd Women’s T20I Pietermaritzburg Oval Pietermaritzburg
Wed 22 Day 4th Women’s T20I Willowmoore Park Benoni
Thu 23 Day 5th Women’s T20I Willowmoore Park Benoni