Proteas women determined to 'take the fight' to Australia in crunch T20 World Cup clash

Proteas women determined to 'take the fight' to Australia in crunch T20 World Cup clash

Captain Sune Luus has backed the Proteas women to 'take the fight' to Australia as they prepare for a crunch T20 World Cup encounter that takes place in Gqeberha on Saturday.

Luus' side recovered from their opening defeat against Sri Lanka in style by dismissing New Zealand for 67 to secure a 65-run win which reignited their semi-final hopes.

They face a daunting task against an Australia side who have started the defence of their crown with three consecutive wins but Luus is confident an attacking mindset can pay dividends.

"We have a world-class batting attack and a world-class bowling attack, and we're playing against a world-class team, so it is going to be a great clash tomorrow," the Proteas skipper said.

"I don't think there's going to be any reason for us to stand back. The only way to beat a team like Australia is if you take the fight to them and that's definitely what we're going to try and do.

"I think we can definitely pull it off. Our top three maybe hasn't fired the way they wanted to but we all know the ability they have. It's just a matter of one innings for either of them to get into momentum.

"This is definitely another opportunity for them to fire and to play that aggressive cricket that we also want to play, and that we know Australia is going to play."

The Proteas women's most recent T20I meeting with Australia came at the last T20 World Cup in a nail-biting rain-affected semi-final which the eventual champions won by five runs.

That extended South Africa's winless run in this fixture but Luus believes her side are capable of upsetting the history book.

"I don't think that's a hurdle," she said. "It's very exciting and it gives us the opportunity to play cricket with freedom and to know that, whatever happens, we want to leave everything on the field.

"We have absolutely nothing to lose."