Three new faces in Proteas team to tour Windies

Friday, August 17, 2018

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CMC) — Three new faces will be in South Africa Women's team when they tour the Caribbean next month from September 10 to October 6, 2018.

Powerade National Academy graduates Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith and Robin Searle will embark on their first international tour when the Proteas take on the Windies in a three-match One-Day International (ODI) and five-match Twenty20 International series in Barbados and Trinidad.

The trio was selected at the conclusion of the third annual CSA North vs South competition in Pretoria, where 26 of the country's most promising cricketers were assembled for a gruelling three days of competitive T20s.

Their selections also follows the Proteas' recent disappointing tour of England where they lost the ODI series 3-1 and also performed poorly in the T20 triangular series that included New Zealand.

Ayabonga Khaka has been ruled out of the tour after undergoing shoulder surgery. She will be out for four to six weeks as she targets a return to action in the World T20. Other team movements see the return of veteran wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty.

Speaking on the new squad, National Convenor of Selectors Clinton du Preez said he was pleased with the balance of the team.

“As a selection panel, we conducted a debrief from the England tour and also the successful Bangladesh tour prior to that. We discovered that there were a few areas where the team was falling short and we realised we had to look at different options and different types of skill sets to try and set ourselves up well for the West Indies tour with the World Cup not far behind after that,” Du Preez said.

“It was quite a nice challenge that we faced when it came to making that final decision. We conducted the North vs South tournament which gave us an extra indication as to which players we could look at in our search for those extra skill-sets. It was a great exercise; we picked up a few players that have showed a lot of intent and potential. This is a really good opportunity for them to showcase their talent in the West Indies tour.”


Squad — Dané van Niekerk (captain), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain), Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Masabata Klaas, Zintle Mali, Trisha Chetty, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith.

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).

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