Friday, June 14, 2024

CSA: Proteas Women’s ODI and Test squad announced for tour to India

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has today named a 16-player squad for the Proteas Women’s outbound tour to India, beginning with three ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and a one-off Test match between 16 June – 01 July in Bengaluru and Chennai. 

The squad for the three-match T20 International (T20I) series, taking place from 05 – 09 July, will be confirmed during the tour.

The experienced squad features the return of SA Emerging and Hollywoodbets Dolphins all-rounder Nondumiso Shangase, who rejoins the national team for the first time since the Bangladesh tour in December 2023. Additionally, wicket-keeper Mieke de Ridder from the Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers returns after missing the recent tour against Sri Lanka due to a hand injury.

In another significant comeback, top-order batter Tazmin Brits has been named in the squad as she nears full recovery from knee surgery in mid-April. Brits will undergo a fitness test before the team departs, to determine the extent of her participation in the tour.

Among the nationally contracted players absent from the trip to India are Lara Goodall (minor hamstring), Chloé Tryon (back), and Ayanda Hlubi (groin), who are recovering from injuries. They will continue their rehabilitation back on home soil in a race to be available for the upcoming matches. 

Before departing for India on Saturday, 08 June, the team will gather for a pre-tour camp in Tshwane from 04 – 08 June. to fine-tune their skills in preparation for the conditions in the subcontinent. 

Proteas Women interim head coach, Dillon du Preez commented: 

“Everyone’s excited and looking forward to the tour to India. So far, preparation has been great. We had a big focus on options against spin and it was good to see the buy-in from the team. We also have new management involved, so this would be a great opportunity for them to find their feet before we come back and start our preparation for the World Cup.

“The key for us would be to assess the conditions as soon as possible, be calm under pressure and try and play key moments in the game better than the opposition. We all know a series against India in India will always be tough.

“Looking at our previous series against Sri Lanka, as a team we agreed that we need to improve and be more consistent in our overall execution,” he added. 

Proteas Women Convenor of Selectors, Clinton du Preez said: “We have a multi-format tour which requires various strategic thought processes, one being the ICC Women’s Championship, and we’re looking to strengthen our position on the log for automatic qualification. 

“The T20Is are in preparation for the World Cup, and especially with this tour and the T20 World Cup being played on the subcontinent, this gives us a final opportunity to look at options within our squad as to how we set up for the upcoming World Cup,” du Preez concluded. 

Proteas Women ODI and Test Squad – Outbound Tour to India (16 June – 09 July) 

Laura Wolvaardt (Captain) (Fidelity Titans), Anneke Bosch (Fidelity Titans), Tazmin Brits (DP World LIons), Nadine de Klerk (World Sports Betting Western Province), **Annerie Dercksen (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), **Mieke de Ridder (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Sinalo Jafta (DP World Lions), Marizanne Kapp (World Sports Betting Western Province), Ayabonga Khaka (DP World Lions) (ODI Squad Only), Masabata Klaas (Fidelity Titans), Suné Luus (Fidelity Titans), *Eliz-Mari Marx (Fidelity Titans), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tumi Sekhukhune (DP World Lions), *Nondumiso Shangase (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), ⁠Delmi Tucker (World Sports Betting Western Province) 

* Uncapped Test player | **Uncapped Test and ODI player

Fixtures – Proteas Women’s Outbound Tour to India (16 June – 09 July)

One-Day Warm-Up:

Thursday, 13 June @ 10h00 – One-Day Warm-Up: Board President’s XI vs South Africa (M

Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru)

ICC Women’s Championship One-Day International Series:

Sunday, 16 June @ 10h00 – 1st IWC ODI: India vs South Africa (M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru)

Wednesday, 19 June @ 10h00 – 2nd IWC ODI: India vs South Africa (M Chinnaswamy Stadium,

Bengaluru)

Sunday, 23 June @ 10h00 – 3rd IWC ODI: India vs South Africa (M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru)

One-off Test:

Friday, 28 June – Monday, 01 July @ 06h00: India vs South Africa (M A Chidambaram Stadium,

Chennai)

T20 International Series:

Friday, 05 July @ 15h30 – 1st T20I: India vs South Africa (M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)

Sunday, 07 July @ 15h30 – 2nd T20I: India vs South Africa (M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)

Tuesday, 09 July @ 15h30 – 3rd T20I: India vs South Africa (M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai)

All times are South African Standard Time (SAST)

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