South Africa has named its squad for the first independent ICC Women's World T20 to be held in the West Indies in November. The group has a familiar feel and the selectors have kept most of the team that recently completed a limited tour of the West Indies, including the rookie trio of Tumi Sekhukhune, Robyn Searle and Saarah Smith, who will make their World Cup. Debuts.
The fast bowler Shabnim Ismail and the perch Trisha Chetty will also be back in action for the tournament. Neither of them had been part of the recent tour of the West Indies, with Chetty ruled out by a back injury, while Ismail, who is the main carrier of South African land in T20I with 72 layoffs in 69 games, stayed behind. at home to be with his sick father. 19659002] While South Africa was boosted by the couple's return, they will run out of fast bowler Ayabonga Khaka who has not recovered enough from his shoulder surgery and was not considered for the selection.
As expected, Dané van Niekerk will be the team captain. as well as playing fundamental roles with bat and ball. Van Niekerk is the best scorer of T20I in South Africa with 1,505 races. Right behind her is Mignon du Preez with 1,400, while both Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty have more than 1,000 careers in the format.
While her lower middle-order careers are undoubtedly useful, it is the key to Van Niekerk. a real splash in a tournament in spin-friendly conditions. It has 49 windows in the format for South Africa and also flourished in the WBBL last season. He managed the window counting for most of the season before going to national service, collecting 20 layoffs with a strike rate of every 13 balls and an economy rate of only 5.57.
Van Niekerk was part of the team that reached the semifinal of the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, and qualified for the semifinal of the fifties of 2017 in the World Cup. During that time, she has been part of a squad that has remained remarkably established in the national team, in addition to playing cricket more limited than anyone else. Since the last T20 Women's World Cup in 2016, when they crashed in the first round, South Africa has played 18 T20I, winning eight.
At the same time, he also played 53 ODI. With the same squad largely in both formats, South Africa has gained white-ball experience quickly and, earlier this month, the reigning champions of the West Indies won a 2-2 draw in the Caribbean.
"Good luck to our Ladies Proteas as they head to the West Indies with high expectations for the ICC 20 Women's World Cup," said South Africa Cricket Executive Director Thabang Moroe. "They reached the semifinal of this tournament in Bangladesh in 2014 and were agonizingly close to their first appearance in a final at the ICC Women's World Cup last year in England.
" The time has come for you to take the next day step forward and participate in the match for the championship. They can take a lot of justifiable confidence from their recently completed tour of the West Indies, where they drew the ODI and T20 series against their hosts, who are the defending champions of the ICC World T20. They also had to make do without a series of key players. "
" From CSA's perspective, we have not left any stone in our support for Dané and his team to put them at the same level of preparation as our male Proteas team. ", Moroe concluded.
South Africa automatically qualified for the sixth edition of the Women's World T20, and the second was held in the West Indies, which also hosted in 2010. South Africa will play in Group A in St. Lucia against the defending champions of the West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who qualified for the World Cup, Group B includes Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland.