The Proteas women’s team to take on Australia this month has been boosted by the recovery of three key players.
Marizanne Kapp, Chloe Tryon and Lara Goodall were all injured at some stage in the recent series against New Zealand, which the South Africans lost 5-2.
But they are still without schoolgirl wonder Laura Wolvaardt, who is recovering from a broken collar bone. She announced herself by becoming South Africa’s youngest centurion, at 17, when she smashed 105 against Ireland in August.
More importantly, the women’s team is still without the country’s No 1 woman pace bowler, Shabnim Ismail, and wicketkeeper-batsman Trisha Chetty. They have been suspended for ‘conduct unbecoming‘ until January.
The South Africans meet the No 1-ranked women’s team from 18-29 November in Sydney.
Three of the matches count toward the 2017 ICC World Championship, in which the top four nations get automatic entry.
South Africa would have to win all three to stand a chance of getting in, and hope that New Zealand (ranked 4) collapse against the seventh-ranked Pakistanis.
Proteas women tour team: Dane van Niekerk (Eastern Province), Dinesha Devnarain (KZN Coastal), Anneke Bosch (North West), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Masabata Klaas (Free State), Lara Goodall (Western Province), Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal), Sune Luus (Northerns), Odine Kirsten (Northerns), Lizelle Lee (North West), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Moseline Daniels (Boland), Ayabonga Khaka (Border), Sinalo Jafta (North West).
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