South Africa women have reached two semi-finals in world tournaments in the last four years, and allrounder Chloe Tryon believes they are good enough to go a step further and become the first South African cricket team to claim a world title when they go to the Caribbean for the Women's World T20 in November.
"We know that we are good enough to win the tournament and we are hoping to prove to the world that we are that strong," Tryon said. "We want to go there and win the competition. But we are not going to get carried away - we'll take it one game at a time."
South Africa just got home after a promising tour of the West Indies, in which they shared the one-day series 1-1 and fought back from 2-0 down to hold the reigning world T20 champions to a 2-2 draw in the T20s. Tryon captained South Africa in the T20s, after Dane van Niekerk rolled her ankle, and reckoned the experience had been a valuable one in the lead-up to the World T20.
"We learnt a lot on our trip now, which is going to be important come the World Cup," she said. "There is obviously a lot we need to work on, but we have a good idea of what we need to do at the competition in order to do well, having recently experienced the conditions.
"I felt that in the ODIs we did lose it a bit," she admitted. "We were doing a lot of the basics wrong. Yes, it is a bit slow here, but we know we should be better. But, overall, I think we learnt a lot from being here. The team has grown a lot from the ODIs and coming back from 2-0 down to level the series, so I'm really excited to go home, work on those things and come back ready for the World Cup.
"Looking back at the ODIs, we were unlucky with the one game that got rained out. I felt we were in a position where we could win that game, and unfortunately, conditions are something you cannot control. It was a bit of a challenge, but the way we went about it was really good. It's just a few things to work on, but it's nice to go home with the series shared."
Her rapid 31 in the final T20 tipped that match decisively in South Africa's favour, but Tryon's returns from the series were middling, and she said she would spend the two weeks until South Africa's departure for the World T20 honing her role as the team's finisher.
"I still feel that I can finish off games more," she said. "I do want to be the match-winner for the team. Obviously, there's still a lot to work on. I still feel that I lose a bit of concentration now and then, but I need to be more focussed if I want to be there for the team at the crucial stages in the end.
Apart from acclimatising the team to conditions they are hoping to prosper in next month, the trip to the Caribbean also allowed the coach and selectors a good look at some of South Africa's rookies. Three of them - Tumi Sekhukhune, Robyn Searle and Saarah Smith - could make their World Cup debuts as a result.
"I felt they did really well," Tryon said of the new players. "I'm very impressed with Tumi, Saarah stood up when we needed her the most. Robyn and Faye [Tunnicliffe] did really well in the last game, so it's nice that these girls got some opportunity in the middle. I hope they can now take it back home and know what it means to be here and the level we play at."