Cricket South Africa have announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming Ireland series. The South African women’s cricket team will play a three-match T20I series and a three-match ODI series against Ireland from June 3 to June 17. All the six matches will be played in Dublin.
Big names like Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk and Masabata Klass are missing from the squad. The exclusion of these players is to manage the workload of senior players and give new players a chance before the Commonwealth Games in July – August this year and the T20 World Cup next year.
Squad: Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Laura Wolvaardt
Anneke Bosch: She is a batting all-rounder, who has featured in nine ODIs and six T20Is since her international debut in 2016. She is a right-handed batter and a right arm seamer. She has scored 203 runs, including a couple of half-centuries and accounted for six wickets. She has also played for Brisbane Heat in the WBBL.
Tazmin Brits: She is a right-handed top order batter who made her international debut for South Africa in 2021. Since then, she has played 12 ODIs and 20 T20Is. She has muscled 626 international runs, including three half-centuries. She can open the batting as well as bat at number three.
Trisha Chetty: She is a wicketkeeper and a right-handed batter. With 128 ODIs and 79 T20Is under her belt, she is one of the most experienced players in the side. She has registered close to 3800 international runs across 180 innings, including 19 half-centuries. Behind the stumps, she has claimed more than 200 dismissals. In women’s ODI cricket, she is the most successful wicketkeeper.
Nadine de Klerk: She is an all-rounder, who is a right-handed batter and a right arm medium pace bowler. In her 39 international appearances so far, she has registered 383 runs and claimed 34 wickets.
Lara Goodall: She is a left-handed top-order bat, having featured in 37 ODIs and 13 T20Is for South Africa since her debut in 2016. She has scored 672 runs across 41 innings, including a couple of half-centuries.
Shabnim Ismail: She is the bowling spearhead of South Africa. The right-arm speedster is one of the best in the business. With 288 wickets in 218 innings, across ODIs and T20Is, she is the leading wicket-taker of South Africa. A good new ball bowler, she has lethal bouncers in her repertoire.
Ayabonga Khaka: She is a right arm seamer who can bowl well with the new ball as well as in the middle overs. She is consistent with her lines and lengths and is an economical bowler. She has accounted for 140 wickets across 81 ODIs and 36 T20Is, including three four-wicket hauls and one fifer.
Sune Luus: The all-rounder has featured in 100 ODIs and 83 T20Is since her international debut in 2012. The right-handed batter has scored more than 2500 international runs and claimed 156 wickets, bowling leg spin.
Nonkululeko Mlaba: She is a left arm spinner, who is relatively new to international cricket, having made her debut in 2019. She has featured in eight ODIs and 15 T20Is so far. She has accounted for 11 wickets. She was also a part of the Proteas squad for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.
Raisibe Ntozakhe: She is a right arm off spinner, who has featured in 18 ODIs and 12 T20Is since her international debut in 2017. She has accounted for 16 wickets at an economy of 3.80 run per over in ODIs and 8.10 runs per over in T20Is.
Tumi Sekhukhune: She is a right arm seamer, who has played 23 ODIs and 21 T20Is for South Africa since her debut in 2018. She has picked up 36 wickets in 41 innings. She is known for her consistency with lines and lengths and can control the middle passage of play.
Andrie Steyn: She is a right-handed opening batter, who made her international debut in 2014. Since then, she has played 33 ODIs and five T20Is for South Africa. She has scored more than 800 international runs, including one century and five half-centuries, all in the ODI format.
Chloe Tryon: She is a hard hitting right-handed middle order bat and is one of the best finishers in the team. She has played 91 ODIs and 68 T20Is. She has a strike rate of close to 100 in ODIs and 137 in T20Is with close to 2500 international runs. Apart from her batting, she is more than a handy left arm spinner and has 60 wickets to her name.
Delmi Tucker: She is an all-rounder, who is a right-handed batter and a right-arm-off spinner. In the recent domestic season in South Africa, she hit 409 runs and scalped 15 wickets. She has also represented the South Africa Emerging team in the past.
Laura Wolvaardt: The right-handed opening batter was the leading run getter for her side in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022. In her international career so far, she has played 74 ODIs and 33 T20Is. She has mustered more than 3500 international runs, including three centuries and 29 half-centuries.
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