South African women call up for India series
Zintle Mali, the 24-year-old medium pacer, earned her maiden international call-up as Cricket South African women announced the One-Day International and the Twenty20 International squads for India Women’s tour to South Africa on Friday (January 26).
Like for India, this will be the first taste of international cricket for the home side after the World Cup 2017.
Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, and Odine Kirsten, who was a part of the World Cup squad, failed to make the cut in the ODI format but were selected for the shorter format.
The three-match ODI series will be part of the ICC Women’s Championship (IWC), the qualification tournament for the next ICC Women’s World Cup in 2021, while the five T20Is following that will provide an opportunity to begin preparations for the Women’s World T20, to be held this November in the West Indies.
Coach Hilton Moreeng
Hilton Moreeng, the coach of the South African women side, was looking forward to his side’s return to action and believed that their preparation through camps in the last few months would hold them in good stead.
“It’s been a long break for the squad and preparation has been very good building up to this important, first IWC series and we are going to make sure that we keep working hard and that we arrive prepared for it,” he said. “For us, the team selection has been a continuation of the World Cup with a few youngsters included in the squad.
The happy news for the hosts is that South Africa boasts a fully fit squad and Moreeng was looking forward to a good show from his “well rested” charges.
“From a fitness point of view, everyone in the squad has been given the all-clear. Players are well rested and preparation has been brilliant so far,” he elaborated. “For us, it’s just to make sure that we take it one game at a time and I’m confident we’ll get this IWC off to a good start.
“As one of the finalists in the World Cup, we know that the series against India is going to be a tough one. We need to make sure that we capitalize on the home-ground advantage as a team to make sure that we bring the right results to the fore.”
The first ODI will be played at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on February 5.
Dane van Niekerk (capt), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Andrie Steyn, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Zintle Mali.
Dane van Niekerk (capt), Marizanne Kapp, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Odine Kirsten, Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Moseline Daniels.
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