Mignon du Preez will captain South Africa’s women’s team in the ODI and T20 series against England later this month.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the women’s squads that will take on England in three ODIs and three T20I matches from seven to 21 February.
All three ODIs will form part of the ICC Women’s Championship, the qualification tournament for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England. The last two T20 matches (at Newlands and Wanderers Stadiums) will be played as televised joint double-headers with the Proteas men’s T20s against Australia.
It is an exciting time for the national women’s team, who have had nearly a 12-month break between international cricket matches and last played a home series in 2013.
Coach, Hilton Moreeng is looking forward to playing at home once more.
‘It is almost a year since our last fixture in the ICC Women’s Championship,’ Moreeng said. ‘Our last tour at home was against Sri Lanka in 2013, where we did very well. Our preparation for the upcoming tour has been very good and the players are very excited, firstly to represent their country and second, to play against England.
‘It won’t be an easy tour, due to the quality that the England team possess, but our players are confident and ready to take up the challenge. We still have everything to play for and both teams stand a good chance to improve on the current Championship standings. Playing in front of home crowds will be exciting and, at the same time motivating for the players to do well.’
South Africa are currently fourth in the Women’s Championship log, with England in fifth position.
Proteas ODI squad: Mignon du Preez (captain, Northerns), Trisha Chetty (wk, Gauteng), Laura Wolfvaardt (Western Province), Andrie Steyn (Western Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Dane van Niekerk (Eastern Province), Lizelle Lee (North West), Dinesha Devnarain (KZN Coastal), Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal), Sune Luus (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Masabatha Klaas (Free State), Ayabonga Khaka (Border), Matshipi Marcia Letasoalo (Northerns), Sinalo Jafta (North West).
Proteas T20 squad: Mignon du Preez (captain, Northerns), Trisha Chetty (Gauteng), Lara Goodall (Western Province ), Moseline Daniels (Boland), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Dane van Niekerk (Eastern Province), Dinesha Devnarain (KZN Coastal), Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal), Sune Luus (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Masabatha Klaas (Free State), Ayabonga Khaka (Border), Matshipi Marcia Letsoalo (Northerns), Lizelle Lee (North West), Yolani Fourie (Gauteng).
Tuesday 2 February: Warm Up, Pretoria
Thursday 4 February: Warm Up, Pretoria
Sunday 7 February: 1st Women’s ODI, Benoni
Friday 12 February: 2nd Women’s ODI, Centurion
Sunday 14 February: 3rd Women’s ODI, Johannesburg
Thursday 18 February: 1st Women’s T20, Paarl
Friday 19 February: 2nd Women’s T20, Cape Town
Sunday 21 February: 3rd Women’s T20, Johannesburg