Marizanne Kapp returns home from England tour for personal reasons

Marizanne Kapp has been in form with the bat © Getty Images

South African duo Marizanne Kapp and Tumi Sekhukhune will miss the remaining T20I series against England. Kapp, who has withdrawn from the series due to family reasons, is doubtful about her participation in the Commonwealth Games as she will return home. Sekhukhune has a recurrent right groin injury and in all likelihood will miss the games in Birmingham as she is expected to undergo rehabilitation at home in South Africa.

According to a social media post by her wife and South Africa’s regular captain Dane van Niekerk, Kapp will head home as her close family member has suffered multiple injuries due to an accident. “It has been an incredibly traumatic time for our family,” van Niekerk stated in the post via Instagram.

 

 

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Kapp has been the mainstay of South Africa in the multi-format series against England. She scored her maiden Test century to rescue her team in their first outing with the red ball since 2014. Even when South Africa suffered a whitewash in the ODI leg of the series, Kapp scored 149 runs with an average of 49.00. 

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“People that question Marizanne’s commitment to the team should understand that family comes first, always,” van Niekerk mentioned in her post and appealed for empathy. 

According to the press release by Cricket South Africa (CSA), the 23-year-old Sekhukhune experienced discomfort during the warm-ups ahead of the third and final ODI against England. After the assessment by the medical staff, the CSA decided to send her home to begin her rehabilitation. 

Top-order batter Tazmin Brits has received a call-up for the national team for the remaining series against England. CSA has stated that they will announce the changed squad for the Commonwealth Games in due course in collaboration with Team South Africa and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

South Africa squad for last two T20Is: Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits,  Trisha Chetty (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka, Suné Luus(c), Nonkululeko Mlaba, Chloé Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Laura Wolvaardt