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October 22, 2009
South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Trisha Chetty is positive her team can pull off a win in the fourth and final match of the ODI series against the West Indies to ensure a 3-1 series victory. The 21-year-old Kwa-Zulu Natal player has not only been unstoppable behind the stumps during the series, but has shown intent at the top of the order, top scoring with a blistering 42 in the third ODI in Paarl. "The final ODI is a new game," Chetty said. "Anyone can take it but we are confident of taking the series."
Ever since taking over from former captain and South Africa's most capped player, Daleen Terblanche in 2007, Chetty has become an integral part of the national team. She was named as Cricket South Africa's Women's Player of the Year in June after a standout performance at the Women's World Cup in Australia.
"I did take over from experienced and talented hands, but I just went out there to play the best that I could," Chetty said. "I was quite young when I made my debut but age counts for nothing if you can prove your worth out on the field. We had disappointing performances at the international events this year but there are always positives to walk away with."
Born in Chatsworth, Chetty made her debut against Pakistan in Pretoria back in January 2007, and has established herself as a wicketkeeper and opener. She started out batting at No.8, and has worked her way up to provide reliable, scoring 403 runs in 23 ODIs at an impressive 36.63. She has also managed 83 runs in eight Twenty20 internationals at 13.83.
"I have put in a lot of hard work and analysis on the side and that is all to ensure that nothing gets out in the field," Chetty said. "Reflexes are extremely important out there, that can be the difference between a match changing wicket and a loss. I have been attacking up in the order against West Indies, but that is my natural game."
South Africa are likely to go into the fourth and final ODI in Cape Town on Friday with an unchanged team, and will be confident of a series victory after wins in successive matches.
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