Injured Kapp, Lee, van Niekerk miss out as South Africa name squad for Ireland tour; du Preez omitted
South Africa have announced a 15-member squad for the six-match tour of Ireland, scheduled to start with three T20Is from June 03, Cricket South Africa (SLC) announced on Monday (May 23). Experienced players like Marizanne Kapp and Lizelle Lee will miss the tour due to medical reasons while Dane van Niekerk is also unavailable for selection as she continues her rehabilitation from a left ankle fracture. Mignon du Preez, who recently announced her retirement from ODI and Test cricket, is also left out.
Sune Luus, who led South Africa in the ICC World Cup in New Zealand will continue to lead the side in the absence of a regular captain van Niekerk. In the absence of experienced players, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Nadine de Klerk, Andrie Steyn have found the place in the squad.
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South Africa’s Convenor of Selectors, Clinton du Preez, congratulated the players selected for the squad. “I am very excited with the squad selected for the Ireland series,” Clinton said. “Having some young and fringe players in the group gives us an opportunity to rotate and test their growth. Some of these players just missed out of the recently held World Cup and it is a great opportunity for them to stake a claim for positions.”
Du Preez praised uncapped Delmi Tucker on her selection in the squad. “Delmi Tucker has been rewarded of the back of a very successful domestic season and has really made positive strides with significant contributions, and we are looking forward to seeing her transition into the international arena,” he added.
South Africa’s head coach Hilton Moreeng commented on the selection of the squad for the Ireland tour. “It has been a good two weeks for us as a team. We are now confident to say that each and every player in the entire squad, including high-performance players, had very good match preparation and game time post the World Cup.
“The squad going now is a combination of a lot of youngsters that we want to give a lot of exposure to and see how they go, especially in the certain skill sets we are looking for in the future. Overall, some of the experienced players are there to continue building on the successes we have had so far,” Moreeng said.
South Africa: Sune Luus (C), Anneke Bosch ,Tazmin Brits, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail , Ayabonga Khaka , Nonkululeko Mlaba, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Laura Wolvaardt
Friday, 03 June – 1st T20I
Monday, 06 June – 2nd T20I
Wednesday, 08 June – 3rd T20I
One Day Internationals:
Saturday, 11 June – 1st ODI
Tuesday, 14 June– 2nd ODI
Friday, 17 June – 3rd ODI