It has been a quiet week of satisfied reflection for SA’s Test cricketers and one of frustrated but proud reflection for the women’s team which came agonisingly close to reaching Sunday’s final at Lord’s after losing to hosts England by just two wickets with a couple of balls to spare.

Many regular cricket watchers had never seen a women’s match before this tournament and many of the game’s stars had spent up to a decade in relative obscurity before suddenly becoming household names – at least in cricketing homes.

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