South Africa’s Sune Luus will continue in her role as stand-in captain of the Proteas women’s team for the tour of India following the unfortunate return of Dane van Niekerk to the injury list.
The tour consists of five T20 International matches followed by three One-Day Internationals.
The squad sees the return to action of Ayabonga Khaka who has not been available for over a year following serious shoulder surgery. Her last appearance for the Proteas was against England last year. Khaka has been easing back into cricket action via the Emerging Series against Bangladesh followed by the recent national squad training camp at Pietermaritzburg.
Another senior player, Trisha Chetty, also returns to the ODI squad after a lengthy injury-enforced absence. At the other end of the scale Nonkululeko Mlaba is named as a debutant while there is a recall for Anneke Bosch. The latter two players were also part of the Emerging Series against Bangladesh and performed impressively.
Star bowler from South Africa Marizanne Kapp is not available for the five T20 matches.
“We are excited with the crop of players selected for the bilateral tour of India,” commented CSA Selection convener Clinton du Preez. “With a few players not available for the tour, it gives us an opportunity to look at some options going into the upcoming New Zealand Away Series and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
“Nonkululeko Mlaba has been included as a new cap into the squad on the back of a successful Emerging Tour against Bangladesh and the Women’s T20 Super League. She is a talented left-arm spinner who will complement our bowling attack.
“Anneke Bosch has been a steady contributor for North West and was also part of the recent Emerging Squad, and she gives us as an extra all-rounder option.”
National head coach Hilton Moreeng was equally upbeat about the prospects. “This is a very important tour for us as we continue to gain competitive game time leading up to next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
“This is followed by the ODI series which is an important part of the qualification process for the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2021.”
South Africa’s T20 squad for India tour:
T20I: Sune Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Tasmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Lizelle Lee, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Mignon van der Merwe, Lara Wolvaardt.
South Africa’s ODI squad for India tour:
Sune Luus (c), Tasmin Brits, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Mignon van der Merwe, Lara Wolvaardt
Fixtures for South Africa Women’s tour of India are as follows:
September 20: Board President’s XI vs South Africa, Surat
September 22: Board President’s XI vs South Africa, Surat
5-Match T20I series:
24 September: 1st T20I: India vs South Africa, Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat
26 September: 2nd T20I: India vs South Africa, Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat
29 September: 3rd T20I: (D/N) India vs South Africa, Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat
1 October: 4th T20I: (D/N) India vs South Africa, Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat
4 October: 5th T20I: (D/N) India vs South Africa, Lalbhai Contractor Stadium, Surat
3-Match ODI series:
9 October: 1st ODI: India vs South Africa, Baroda
11 October: 2nd ODI: India vs South Africa, Baroda
14 October: 3rd T20I: India vs South Africa, Baroda
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