Proteas

Women's World Cup: All you need to know

Dane van Niekerk (Gallo)
Dane van Niekerk (Gallo)

Cape Town - The ICC Champions Trophy is a thing of the past (thankfully, from a South African perspective) but another major tournament is coming to our screens this weekend in the form of the ICC Women's World Cup. 

The tournament will be televised on SuperSport, and the Proteas get their campaign underway on Sunday when they take on Pakistan in Leicester. 

The format is about as simple as it gets. There are eight sides, in one group, and everybody plays everybody. At the end of the round-robin stage, the top four sides will qualify for the semi-finals. 

This is the 11th edition of the tournament. Australia are the defending champions and have won six titles, England have won three and New Zealand one. 

It will be South Africa's sixth appearance at the tournament and they will be looking to replicate their best ever performance, which came in 2000 when they reached the semi-finals in New Zealand. 

A lot has changed for South Africans women's cricket since then and they are now a fully professional side. 

This will also be the first time that the tournament is broadcast on South African television, with every South African match available for viewing. 

The side is coached by Hilton Moreeng, captained by Dane van Niekerk and goes into the tournament ranked 6th in the world. 

They also boast the top-ranked bowler in women's ODI cricket in the form of seamer Marizanne Kapp, while speedster Shabnim Ismail is ranked 10th

South Africa's highest ranked batter is Lizelle Lee, who is 10th.

Proteas 2017 World Cup fixtures:

Pakistan, June 25 - Leicester

New Zealand, June 28 - Derby

West Indies, July 2 - Leicester

England, July 5 - Bristol

India, July 8 - Leicester

Sri Lanka, July 12 - Taunton

Australia, July 15 - Taunton

Squad:

Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty, Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntokazhe, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon

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