CSA announce women’s squad to face NZ
Cricket South Africa have announced the 15-strong Proteas women’s squad that will face New Zealand in a seven-match ODI series from 8 to 24 October.
The tour will be hosted between Kimberley and Paarl with the first three matches taking place at the Diamond Oval and the remaining four at Boland Park and Coertzenberg Oval.
The first three ODI’s will form part of the ICC Women’s Championship, the qualifier tournament for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England next year.
South Africa are currently number five on the log with Australia’s Southern Stars having already secured their place in the big tournament. New Zealand are currently in fourth place.
This series will be new captain Dane van Niekerk’s first attempt at the helm and she is looking forward to getting the new season off to a positive start.
“I’m really excited to get the season started,” she said. “Right now there aren’t any nerves, but I’m sure that the closer we get to the series the more anxious I’ll get, but for me that will be a good thing.
“I’ve seen the way the team have prepared over the winter and I’ve watched the series against Ireland and I’m very excited to lead this group of highly motivated players.
“It’s definitely not going to be an easy task taking on New Zealand, but I’m sure that we have the team to do the job and it’s just a question of us doing the right things and sticking to the basics and I’m sure we’ll do well.
“We want to seal our place in next year’s World Cup and this series is just another step towards that goal.”
Coach Hilton Moreeng is mindful of the importance of this series and expressed his excitement especially with it being the first stand-alone series between the two countries.
“We relish playing against competitive sides like New Zealand, as it is a true test of our capabilities and where we are as a squad,” he commented. “As a team, we are focused on improving on our strengths to ensure that we remain competitive.
“Playing against Ireland showed us what we are capable of and it also relieved a bit of that pre-season tension that a few players had. We are an optimistic side and are looking forward to adding another tick to our to-do list for the World Cup next year.”
Neither Shabnim Ismail nor Trisha Chetty were considered for selection as they are currently subject to a disciplinary hearing in terms of CSA’s Code of Conduct.
Dané van Niekerk, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon, Dinesha Devnarain, Odine Kirsten, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lara Goodall, Sinalo Jafta, Andrie Steyn.
England’s Reece Topley: Injury battle has given me ‘unique’ perspective
Topley says he is not fazed by ‘pressure scenarios’.
Women’s Test cricket: Katherine Brunt calls for reforms to the longest format
England’s Women go into their Test against Australia trailing in the multi-format series.
Indian Premier League
IPL news: Lucknow Super Giants name revealed, captain named
Welcome the Lucknow Super Giants to the IPL family.
Jimmy Neesham signs up for Vitality Blast stint with Northants
Jimmy Neesham will join the Steelbacks for the 2022 Vitality Blast.
Joe Root has been named ICC men’s Test player of the year for 2021
The England captain made the third-highest run total ever in a single year.
Brendan Taylor reveals harrowing details of trauma, addiction and corrupt approach
Brendan Taylor says the ICC will shortly announce his multi-year ban for failing to report what he says was a traumatising corrupt approach.
International Cricket Council
ICC Awards: All the winners announced so far for 2021
All the winners honoured by the ICC for 2021.
India lost their way in the middle overs says coach Rahul Dravid
India’s missing middle is a problem.
England in the Caribbean: Moeen Ali admits West Indies batting depth ‘scary’
The five-match series is now all square with one win apiece.
Sam Billings keen to kick on with England: ‘I’ve spent enough time on the bench’
Billings made his Test debut in Hobart before jetting off to Barbados to link-up with the T20 squad.