Trounced 7-2 by Norway in their final World Cup preparation encounter last night, Banyana Banyana players’ mental strength will be heavily tested as they go into their maiden World Cup in five days.
South Africa are in all sorts of trouble against Bangladesh in their second World Cup match at the Oval in London.
With just eleven days to go before the World Cup, Banyana Banyana held their first two training sessions on French soil this past weekend with all 26 players present after the four overseas-based players of Leandra Smeda (Sweden), Ode Fulutudilu (Spain) as well as Nothando Vilakazi and Jermaine Seoposenwe (both Lithuania) travelled from their clubs and met up with the rest of their team at their pre-World Cup base camp in Rouen.
With quality bowling attacks, Australia and India may have the edge at the World Cup in England where fortunes are likely to be made or marred in the middle overs, former Australia paceman Andy Bichel has said.
Sri Lanka go into the World Cup with low expectations after losing eight of their last nine one-day matches and led by a captain who has not played 50-over cricket for more than four years.