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Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Proteas Women National Selection Panel has confirmed a 16-player squad to face New Zealand in the inbound white-ball tour featuring three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and five T20 Internationals (T20I) between 24 September – 15 October.
Top-order batter Laura Wolvaardt will continue her tenure as interim captain, while experienced all-rounder Chloé Tryon returns from a leave of absence to strengthen the Proteas contingent currently touring Pakistan.
The 16-strong group will resume the Proteas Women’s battle against New Zealand, with the last encounter between the two sides taking place in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 round-robin phase, where South Africa completed a convincing 65-run victory in Group A. The home side restricted their opponents to a record-breaking 67 all out in front of a lively crowd at the Boland Park in Paarl.
The upcoming tour against New Zealand will see the Proteas take the field in Potchefstroom, Pietermaritzburg and Durban for the ODI series, which forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 campaign from 24 September – 01 October.
The third 50-over clash will also be held as the latest edition of the Black Day ODI on Sunday, 01 October at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, where South Africa will wear their custom black kits and armbands in support of the fight against gender-based violence.
Following the conclusion of the One-Dayers, the Proteas Women will turn their attention to the five-match T20I series which will be played in East London and Benoni on 06, 08, 10 as well as 14 and 15 October.
Clinton du Preez, Proteas Women Convenor of Selectors commented:
“Maintaining squad consistency is key, to allow players to grow within the environment. We are very happy to have Chloé Tryon back within the space and excited to see how she will further improve the squad with her all-round qualities. We go into the New Zealand series on a high and we want to carry the momentum into the tour at home.
“It was always going to be very difficult to adapt to the conditions in Pakistan. However, I’m pleased with how the team competed in the T20Is, where they narrowly missed out on winning games. It remained small margins and one can see how the players have learned from their shortcomings and brought it into the ODI format. There are many positives, and one that stands out for me is the shared individual performances of the players.
CSA Director of Cricket, Enoch Nkwe said:
“We’re immensely proud of the remarkable progress the Proteas Women have made throughout their time in Pakistan, showcasing their elite temperament and talent following the challenging start to the tour.
“As we eagerly prepare to welcome the team back home, our hearts are filled with excitement as we anticipate the clash against New Zealand in the three ODIs, including the significant Black Day, and the five exhilarating T20Is.
“It’s a thrilling moment for South African cricket, and we can’t wait to witness our Proteas Women shine on home soil once again,” he added.
Proteas Women Squad – South Africa Inbound Tour vs New Zealand 2023/24:
Anneke Bosch (Fidelity Titans), Tazmin Brits (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Nadine de Klerk (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Mieke de Ridder (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Lara Goodall (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Sinalo Jafta (DP World Lions), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Ayabonga Khaka (DP World Lions), Masabata Klaas (Fidelity Titans), Suné Luus (Fidelity Titans), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tumi Sekhukhune (DP World Lions), Nondumiso Shangase (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Chloé Tryon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Delmi Tucker (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Fidelity Titans)
Fixtures – South Africa Inbound Tour vs New Zealand 2023/24
Thursday, 21 September 2023 @ 10h00 – South Africa XI vs New Zealand XI (WIllowmoore Park, Benoni)
One-Day International Series – ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25:
Sunday, 24 September 2023 @ 10h00 SAST – 1st ODI – South Africa vs New Zealand (JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom)
Thursday, 28 September 2023 @ 09h30 SAST – 2nd ODI – South Africa vs New Zealand (AET Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg)
Sunday, 01 October 2023 @ 09h30 SAST – 3rd ODI – Black Day – South Africa vs New Zealand (Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium, Durban)
T20 International Series:
Friday, 06 October 2023 @ 18h00 SAST – 1st T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Buffalo Park, East London)
Sunday, 08 October 2023 @ 14h00 SAST – 2nd T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Buffalo Park, East London)
Tuesday, 10 October 2023 @ 18h00 SAST – 3rd T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Buffalo Park, East London)
Saturday, 14 October 2023 @ 14h00 SAST – 4th T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Sunday, 15 October 2023 @ 14h00 SAST – 5th T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)