Attack with leg-spin, is Sune Luus' mantra heading into T20I series against Pakistan

Attack with leg-spin, is Sune Luus' mantra heading into T20I series against Pakistan

Sune Luus has so far played 76 ODIs and 67 T20Is for South Africa. © Getty Images

South Africa skipper Sune Luus has said that they want to continue their aggressive cricket in the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan that begins on Friday (January 29).

Speaking in the pre-series press conference, Luus said, "Our plan is always to get wins on the board. We are still going to play our attacking brand of cricket."

Although the hosts would be missing the services of Dane van Niekerk and Chloe Tryon, Luus said that the other experienced players have come to the fore.

On the slow pitches they played during the ODI series, Luus felt that it was not something they are used to in South Africa. "The pitches have been extremely slow. I think in the last ODI the pitch was a lot more quicker. Hopefully, we can get that more as well. But otherwise, we will have to adapt and see what is the winning score, and if we bowl first, what we need to restrict them to."


South Africa had a poor outing in the field during the ODI series as they dropped quite a few catches. She said that it is something they would want to improve in the T20 series. "Pakistan is going to come hard, and we are going to need to take the opportunities that come our way. We definitely need to do better on our fielding."

On her personal form, the 25-year-old said that she is happy with her performance in the third ODI. "I just want to take that confidence into the t20s. It's a new ball-game; it's a new format. T20 is something I love. So, hopefully, I can do well in the series."

Luss had bowled an over each in the first couple of ODIs. However, she came back strongly and took three wickets in the final fixture. Going into the T20I series, she said that her bowling would have a crucial role to play.

"Leg-spin has a big role to play in T20 cricket. I am a very attacking bowler; I want to strike, and that's going to be key to this T20 series."


She said that the job of a captain becomes easier when the senior players step up and perform. "Marizanne (Kapp) and Shabnim (Ismail), Lizelle (Lee), Mignon (du Preez) have always been there to help me. As a team, we have done a great job. I can't take credit for that as a captain. I just say who bowls when and where and they have made it very easier."

When asked about the opening combination, she said that they had not finalised it yet. "I'm not sure. I think we'll sit down today and discuss."

As many as eight senior players in the current squad had participated in the Women's Big Bash League and the Women's T20 Challenge last year. Luus felt that the experience of playing in the tournaments was an advantage for them.

"In the past few months, we have also had the Women's Super League in South Africa. We are thoroughly prepared for the t20 series," she concluded.

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