10 May BRITS GRATEFUL AFTER RECEIVING MAIDEN MOMENTUM PROTEAS CONTRACT
TSHWANE: Top-order batter, Tazmin Brits is thrilled to become the latest Momentum Proteas player to be handed a maiden national contract for the 2022 / 23 season following the announcement by Cricket South Africa (CSA) last week.
Brits, who featured at the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, is part of the 15 players who are set to spearhead South Africa’s charge for the upcoming season that includes tours to Ireland and England, the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the 2023 ICC T20Women’s World Cup hosted in South Africa.
Brits and left-arm spinner, Nonkululeko Mlaba were the two new faces to make the contracted list.
“When I received (the news) about my first contract, I almost rolled my bakkie,” Brits began.
“Firstly, I am very grateful. I am blessed to have that (contract). It’s something that you workfor long towards and it actually paid off, so it’s bit of a reward if I can put it that way and I am definitely thankful for it,” she added.
The 31-year old, who is also a former javelin junior world champion (crowned in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2007), admittedly did not have the best debut World Cup campaign with the bat, managing a top score of 23 in South Africa’s group stage win against England.
Despite not reaching her goals at the crease, Brits insists she still benefitted a lot from her experience at the global showpiece where South Africa reached the semi-finals, highlightingthe sharing of the stage with teammates and opposition players she has a lot of admiration for.
“It would have been great if we got to the finals but just the overall learnings from the top players in our team and even playing against the likes of Australia, seeing people I have never played with or have never seen in real life,” Brits continued.
“I might be a Protea, but it was definitely something to be grateful for to be in their aura and to be around them, so I learnt a lot,” she added.
Before receiving her central contract this month, Brits notched up a total of 32 caps for South Africa, including 12 One-Day Internationals and 20 T20 Internationals, scoring 626 runs, including a high score of 70 not out in the shortest format of the game.
Heading into her first season as a nationally contracted player, the right-hander is eager to impress in the upcoming tours and tournaments for South Africa, particularly in T20 cricket.
“Since getting the contract, my work ethic hasn’t dropped, it has actually raised my game. I am a lot more excited; you want to do better to possibly maintain that contract,” the big hitter said.
“I am very excited about the Commonwealth Games, I have never played in the Commonwealth so that is something to look forward to, as well as the T20 (World Cup). Having it at home, I think it will be an advantage and hopefully we won’t lose in the semi-finals, and we can actually win this T20 World Cup” she concluded.
Brits is currently in Tshwane for the Momentum Proteas’ national training camp, which also includes SA Emerging and high-performance players, as the team prepares to depart for Ireland at the end of May.
Audio and video, including training visuals featuring Momentum Proteas batter, Tazmin Brits can be located here.
Momentum Proteas Contracted Players 2022 / 23:
Tazmin Brits* (Senwes Dragons), Trisha Chetty (Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Lara Goodall (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal) Sinalo Jafta (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Ayabonga Khaka (Imperial Lions), Masabata Klaas (Senwes Dragons), Lizelle Lee (Senwes Dragons), Suné Luus (Titans Ladies), Nonkululeko Mlaba* (Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Tumi Sekhukhune (Senwes Dragons), Chloé Tryon (Hollywoodbets KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Dané van Niekerk (Eastern Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Momentum Proteas upcoming fixtures:
T20 International Series:
Friday, 03 June – 1st T20I – Ireland vs South Africa (Pembroke, Dublin)
Monday, 06 June – 2nd T20I – Ireland vs South Africa (Pembroke, Dublin)
Wednesday, 08 June – 3rd T20I – Ireland vs South Africa (Pembroke, Dublin)
One-Day International Series:
Saturday, 11 June – Ireland vs South Africa (Clontarf, Dublin)
Tuesday, 14 June– Ireland vs South Africa (Clontarf, Dublin)
Friday, 17 June – Ireland vs South Africa (Clontarf¸ Dublin)
Only Test –
Monday, 27 June – Thursday June 30 @ 11h00 local time – Once-off Test – England vs South Africa (Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton)
One-Day International Series –
Monday, 11 July @ 14h00 local time – 1st ODI – England vs South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton)
Friday, 15 July @ 14h00 local time – 2nd ODI – England vs South Africa (Bristol County Ground, Bristol)
Monday, 18 July @ 14h00 local time – 3rd ODI – England vs South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester)
T20 Series –
Thursday, 21 July @ 19h00 local time – 1st T20 – England vs South Africa (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
Saturday, 23 July @ 14h30 local time – 2nd T20 – England vs South Africa (Blackfinch New Road, Worcester)
Monday, 25 July @ 18h30 local time – 3rd T20 – England vs South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby)
Issued by: Cricket South Africa – Corporate Communications
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