Van Tonder to lead SA U/19s in triangular series
Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced the South Africa under-19 squad that will take on England and Namibia in a five-match Youth ODI triangular series from 30 November to 10 December 2017 in Potchefstroom.
The series will be one of the last opportunities for selectors to have a look at possible picks ahead of the ICC U19 World Cup due to take place in New Zealand in early 2018.
Raynard van Tonder will captain the young team for the second time and is looking forward to another opportunity to lead from the front and hopes to come out on top this time around.
The youngsters fell two runs short of victory in the final of their five-match series against the West Indies in June of this year, ultimately losing the series 3-2 to the defending champions.
“It was really hard to accept the series loss in Durban against the Windies, but there’s been a lot of cricket since then and even more growth and not just by me, but by the team as well,” Van Tonder commented.
“I’m really looking forward to captaining the boys again, I enjoyed stepping into the leadership position and learned a lot. Now I want to take all those lessons and put them into this upcoming triangular series.
“The guys are excited and I’m also really excited, England and Namibia are tough competitors and it’s exactly what we need building up to the World Cup.”
Coach, Lawrence Mahatlane believes that they have found the right balance as well as the sweet spot between youth and experience and is looking forward to seeing how this team goes about the lessons learned from the Windies tour.
“I’m really happy with the squad that has been put together by the selection panel,” he said. “I feel we’ve got the right personnel for all the different scenarios and a group of really fired up youngsters.
“The series is going to be another tough task for the guys and the way we apply ourselves and our skills will be the key.
“There’s obviously a lot to play for, considering that we leave for the U19 World Cup in the first week of January next year, but for me right now, it’s about winning this series and making sure that we’ve laid the right groundwork for the tests that are still to come before we head out.”
The coach is optimistic of his team’s chances in the triangular and is pleased with the hunger shown by individuals during camps held in the last few months.
“It bodes well for the team. I’ve seen how hungry they are when we get together for our sessions and the positive direction they have taken in the intervening months.
“It makes me really excited to see what they will bring to the party against the strong England and Namibian sides,” he concluded.
South Africa Under-19s Youth ODI squad:
Raynard van Tonder (capt, Free State), Matthew Breetzke (Eastern Province), Jean du Plessis (South Western Districts), Jason Niemand (Border), Gerard Coetzee (Free State), Jade de Klerk (Eastern Province), Fraser Jones (KZN Inland), Wandile Makwetu (Gauteng), Andile Mogakane (KZN Coastal), Kgaudise Molefe (Gauteng), Jacob Miltz (Gauteng), Thando Ntini (Western Province), Jiveshen Pillay (Northerns), Hermann Rolfes (Northerns), Kenan Smith (Eastern Province), Mondli Khumalo (KZN Coastal), Akhona Mnyaka (Border)
Lawrence Mahatlane (Head Coach), Wandile Gwavu (Assistant Coach), Chris van Noordwyk (Assistant Coach), Riaan Osman (Manager), Kyle Southgate (Performance Analyst), Lizahn Naude (Physiotherapist), Sipokazi Sokanyile (Media Liaison), Robin Peterson (Technical Consultant)
Pakistan shift Zimbabwe T20Is from Lahore to Rawalpindi
Zimbabwe are now set to play all six internationals in Rawalpindi.
CSA rubbishes reports of resignations at board level
Cricket South Africa insist there have been no resignations.
India great Kapil Dev stable after emergency heart surgery
The former all-rounder captained his country to a first-ever World Cup crown in 1983.
England’s male cricketers agree to pay cut to help deal with coronavirus crisis
Cuts will last for a year.
Middlesex committed to improving inclusivity and ‘addressing bias’
The Lord’s-based county confronted the issue at a recent board meeting.
Australian Event Awards honour Women’s T20 World Cup
The Women’s T20 World Cup has been recognised once again for its innovation and excellence in the field of event organisation.
India tour to Australia rubber-stamped by government
Cricket Australia have hammered out a deal with the New South Wales authorities to host the quarantining players.
England announce T20I and ODI tour to South Africa next month
England’s first tour since the coronavirus pandemic began will be played out amid biosecure plans agreed with the Proteas.
Morgan warns against long-term impact of bio-bubbles
England captain Eoin Morgan and his West Indies counterpart Jason Holder have expressed concerns about continuous use of bio-bubbles.