ENG W vs SA W: South Africa Women on Friday named Test & ODI squads for their upcoming tour of England. Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee, and Sinalo Jafta have been added to South Africa Women’s team which will play their first Test in more than seven years against England later this month.
The trio were excluded from the South Africa white-ball tour to Ireland but have been named in both the Test and ODI squad for the England series. The T20I squad for the series along with the group for the Commonwealth Games will be named next month.
The announced squad is a mix of fresh & experienced players as four players of the South Africa women’s squad that played a Test against India in 2014- Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Lizelle Lee & Chloe Tryon & Shabnim Ismail who played in a Test against the Netherlands in 2007 being included in the Test squad for England Test. This means South Africa will field at least six debutants in their Test match against England in Taunton.
Meanwhile, Dane Van Niekerk who is an integral part of the South Africa Women’s squad remains unavailable for selection as she is recovering from the ankle injury that has sidelined her since January. She has returned to training with the aim of being available for the T20Is and Commonwealth Games. Masabata Klaas who injured her shoulder at the Women’s World Cup is also unavailable for the series. Tazmin Brits, Raisibe Ntozakhe, and Delmi Tucker, who are involved in the ongoing series against Ireland, will return home & will not feature in the England Series. South African women will play a Test warm-up match next week with the view of preparing for the Test match.
“With the red ball, the main thing is to find our feet as a team again in the format and we take it one day at a time, then we can only progress into it and players can have an opportunity to go into a three-day prep,” coach Hilton Moreeng said.
“Those that haven’t had the opportunity when we were back home can also start getting their aim of the red ball. Post that we know we are heading into ODI cricket and T20Is to build up into the Commonwealth Games.”
In the ongoing Ireland Series, South Africa Women defeated Ireland Women in the T20I series by 2-1 score & lead the ODI series which is a part of the ICC Women’s Championship by 2-1. Their fixtures against England Women do not form a part of the Women’s Championship but would be perceived as an opportunity to strengthen their squad.
“We are happy that we could come to Ireland and be able to play in these conditions which are similar to where we are going to. It has been very good and the exciting thing is that the crop of youngsters have started to put in the right performances. Now that we are going to England, we know that we are going to start with a format that most of them haven’t played in a while other than the preparation that we had, so it is exciting times, especially as a young cricketer in the squad,” Moreeng said.
ENG W vs SA W: South Africa Test & ODI squad
Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus (capt), Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloé Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt
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