Proteas women name squad for England tour

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

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday named the Proteas women squad that will travel to England from June 3 to July 1.

The tour, which will take place across six venues will feature a three-match ODI series as part of the ICC International Women's Championship (IWC) and a T20 triangular that will include New Zealand.

Rookies Zintle Mali, Stacey Lackay and Tazmin Brits have been included in the squad following impressive contributions for the team during the recently concluded Bangladesh tour to South Africa where the hosts completed historic clean sweeps of both the five-match ODI and three-match T20 series.

National Convenor of selectors, Clinton du Preez said: "This tour of England was a great opportunity for us to take 15 players along, also to give players who have performed at provincial level an opportunity to further prove themselves in tougher conditions.

"Stacey Lackay put up fabulous performances at the (CSA) Women's Cricket Week, Tazmin Brits had a good season and Zintle Mali showed how perseverance can reap great rewards. We thought of the opportunity of getting them in with the intentions of planning ahead for the 2018 World T20 in West Indies, looking at one or two options who can bolster our squad.

"Having looked at the performances during the Bangladesh T20 series, there is enough for us to be happy about for the future and I think together with the core players in our team, we're looking forward confidently to putting up top performances in England against two of the top teams in world cricket. We're also placing a great focus on the preparation for the T20 World Cup because that for us is key at the moment."

All of the matches in the ODI series will form part of the ICC Women's Championship, the qualifying tournament for the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup.

The T20 triangular series will play a big part in South Africa's preparation for the 2018 ICC Women's World T20 which is due to take place in the West Indies in November.

"We're paying a lot of attention to the 2021 World Cup preparations," Du Preez continued.

"The IWC programme right now gives us enough time to have a look at combinations, have a look at players coming in, especially players who have just made their debuts recently. It's a great opportunity for them to blend into the squad and to also be a part of the joys of being a national player. We are confident that the England tour will see some of the most exciting cricket from this team yet."

Proteas squad:

Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Lizelle Lee (North West), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Suné Luus (Northerns), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Andrie Steyn (Western Province), Zintle Mali (Border), Stacey Lackay (Western Province), Tazmin Brits (North West)

Management:

Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach), Salieg Nackerdien (Assistant Coach), Sedibu Mohlaba (Manager), Abram Ramoadi (Performance Analyst), Russell Clarke (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Molebatsi Theletsane (Physiotherapist), Sipokazi Sokanyile (Media Liaison)

Tour Itinerary

ICC Women's Championship Royal London ODIs v South Africa 

June 9, First ODI v South Africa - New Road, Worcester

June 12, Second ODI v South Africa - The 1st Central County Ground, Hove (D/N)

June 15, Third ODI v South Africa - Canterbury (D/N)

IT20 Tri-Series - England, South Africa & New Zealand

June 20 - The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, South Africa v New Zealand; England v South Africa

June 23 - The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England v South Africa; England v New Zealand

June 28 - The Brightside Ground, Bristol, South Africa v New Zealand; England v New Zealand

July 1 - Final - The CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford

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