Sutherland, Aussies mess with Proteas

Henry

The Protea women’s cricket team will have to play more Tests if stronger performances are to be dreamed of on the international red-ball cricket stage.

Australia beat the South Africans by an innings and 284 runs in the one-off test in Perth today.

Annabel Sutherland was the home team’s big heroine with her double century and five wickets in the match. She became the first woman to accomplish this feat.

The South Africans did perform well in the white-ball series and they achieved good victories in the T20 and one-day cricket series.

But there is still hard work waiting for the test team.

“Australia deserve credit for the way they played – they were better than us in every facet of the game. Still, it was a valuable experience and we enjoyed the opportunity to play Test cricket for once,” said Laura Wolvaardt, Protea captain.

According to the 24-year-old batsman, it was also special to bat and bowl on the iconic WACA cricket ground in the Western Australian city.

“I hope that in the future we will learn and play more about Test cricket. Personally, I would love to play more of these games.”

According to the Aussies, the South Africans deserve a pat on the back for their performance in the white-ball cricket series.

“It was tough cricket at times and South Africa really tested us. However, I am proud of our resilience and the way we fought back time and time again. This performance at the WACA is undoubtedly the icing on the cake,” Australia captain Alyssa Healy said.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 76/10 in 31.2 overs: Suné Luus 26, Darcie Brown 5/21 and Annabel Sutherland 3/19.

Australia 576/9 in 125.2 overs: Annabel Sutherland 210, Alyssa Healy 99 and Chloe Tryon 3/81.

South Africa 215/10 in 97.2 overs: Chloe Tryon 64, Delmi Tucker 64 and Annabel Sutherland 2/11.

Outcome: Australia win by an innings and 284 runs.