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Changes to Proteas women's squads for Sri Lanka series

2019-01-22 11:05
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Cape Town - Cricket South Africa have named the Proteas women's squads that will face Sri Lanka in their inbound tour from February 1-17 2019.

The tour will comprise a three-match T20I series as well as a three-match ICC Women's Championship ODI series across four venues.

The selectors have made four changes to the T20 squad that took part in the 2018 Women's World T20 just two months ago.

The team will see the return of Faye Tunnicliffe, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk and Lara Goodall, replacing Laura Wolvaardt, Suné Luus, Raisibe Ntozakhe and Trisha Chetty.

Saarah Smith also makes a return after recovering from a fractured finger during the World T20.

Western Province's Goodall has not seen international action since taking part in the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifiers in early 2017, but her efforts over the past two seasons for her province, in the National Academy as well as the South Africa Emerging team have convinced the selectors to give her another call-up as they begin the search for the T20 World Cup squad in 2020.

SA women's convenor of selectors, Clinton du Preez said: "Looking into the upcoming Sri Lanka series, we as selectors did a debrief of the World Cup and looked at certain areas that we need to strengthen and looked at different options that will impact the game.

"We've gone and focused on the two different formats and two different skill sets and grouped players together with the hope that we will get a good return with the impact that they can make in these games, especially on the T20 front.

"The likes of Tazmin Brits and Nadine de Klerk could really make an impact on the middle order, the two of them have had a really good provincial season thus far.

"Saarah Smith coming back from injury as a batter who can add some spin value to the team is something we’re looking forward to and in the 50-over format, Andrie Steyn is coming in on the back of some good innings at provincial level.

"It's good to see that we are retaining the core of our players within the squad and are also giving the opportunity to some younger players."

Brits and De Klerk's last international appearances were in June and February 2018 respectively, the latter taking the remainder of the year off to complete her matric year.

While Wolvaardt has been retained for the ODI series, Andrie Steyn, Goodall and Tunnicliffe have been included ahead of Luus and the still injured Chetty as South Africa look to add six vital points towards their 2021 ICC Women's World Cup direct qualification campaign.

Fast bowler Ayabonga Khaka is still in the midst of her post shoulder surgery rehabilitation programme and was not considered for selection, while off-spinner Ntozakhe continues her bowling action re-model.

Du Preez continued: "Suné Luus unfortunately misses out on the back of some disappointing performances.

"We're looking forward to seeing how she comes back, she can still add a lot of value, she needs a bit of work with the necessary coaches just to make sure that we get her back to speed (with the bat in hand).

"Her bowling obviously plays a massive role, so we would need to see how she comes back after playing a few provincial games and preparing for the Pakistan series.

"For now, it's important that we focus and we plan for the upcoming T20 World Cup next year and also the one in 2022 and in between that, we have the 50-over World Cup. Our focus needs to be on both formats.

"We're quite excited at the moment, the selectors are quite happy, the coaches are really keen to look at the strategic change and how we take on the challenge.

"We're happy for the players coming in and taking the opportunities and we're looking forward to seeing how they face their new challenges."

Proteas women's T20 squad:

Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, Kwa-Zulu Natal Coastal), Lizelle Lee (North West), Tazmin Brits (North West), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Lara Goodall (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Saarah Smith (Western Province), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Zintle Mali (Border), Faye Tunnicliffe (wicket-keeper, Boland), Masabata Klaas (North West), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns)

Proteas women's ODI squad:

Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, Kwa-Zulu Natal Coastal), Lizelle Lee (North West), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Lara Goodall (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Saarah Smith (Western Province), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Zintle Mali (Border), Faye Tunnicliffe (wicket-keeper, Boland), Masabata Klaas (North West), Andrie Steyn (Western Province)

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