Proteas Women start training for West Indies

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Sune Luus, Laura Wolvaardt and Mignon du Preez.
Sune Luus, Laura Wolvaardt and Mignon du Preez.
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have named a squad of 21 players for a Proteas Women training camp as the team step up preparations for the visit of the West Indies for a four-match Women’s One-Day International series in Johannesburg.

It will run from January 28 to February 6.

The extended group will enter a bio-secure environment (BSE) on Friday, where they will begin an extensive programme before an adjusted squad that will take on the Caribbean side is confirmed prior to the 50-over series.

But South African captain, Dané van Niekerk has sustained a left ankle fracture in the last week, ruling her out for a minimum of three months.

On the Van Niekerk injury, Proteas Team Doctor, Tshegofatso Gaetsewe said: “The injury is a result of an accidental slip on a wet surface at home.

“As things stand, she doesn’t require surgery but will be monitored closely. It’s a stable fracture with minimal displacement and her recovery timeline is no less than 12 weeks.”
Tshegofatso Gaetsewe, Proteas Team Doctor

Despite the absence of the captain, the team ranked second in the ODI format have selected a formidable squad featuring stalwarts Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka and ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year nominee, Lizelle Lee.

The list also includes uncapped Western Province batter, Delmari Tucker, while Raisibe Ntozakhe receives another opportunity to impress in pursuit of a first cap since 2018, with the likes of all-rounders, Chloe Tryon and Sune Luus, as well as seamer Masabata Klaas and wicket-keeper Trisha Chetty also in the mix.

Following the 10-day camp, the Momentum-backed Proteas will take on their West Indies counterparts in an unofficial warm-up match, before playing four ODIs at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium with the matches broadcast live on SuperSport and SABC free-to-air. 

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