South African rookie Sune Luus will continue to captain her country in the absence of regular skipper Dane van Niekerk for the Proteas tour to India, which begins late this month.
Earlier this year, Luus captained South Africa when van Niekerk missed the home-runs T20I and ODI against Pakistan due to injury. South Africa won the T20I series 3-2 after the two teams drew the previous ODI series. Van Niekerk recovered from an injury when she recently played in England’s Women’s Cricket Super League. Unfortunately, due to an injury she had to cancel another series for her country.
Elsewhere, there was a first call for Nonkululeko Mlaba, who won on the left arm, and for Ayabonga Khaka and Trisha Chetty, both of whom were back in the national team after long injury breaks. Fast bowler Marizanne Kapp will miss the T20I series with five games, but is available for the ODI stage of the tour.
Clinton du Preez, the cricket selection congress for South Africa, said he was thrilled with the team’s announcement. He said, “We are excited about the number of players selected for the bilateral tour of India. With some players unavailable for the tour, we have the opportunity to test some options for the upcoming New Zealand away series and the ICC Women’s T20 Worlds.
His thoughts were echoed by head coach Hilton Moreeng, who commented: “This is a very important tour for us as we gain more and more competitive seasons in Australia ahead of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup next year.
“It follows the ODI series, which is an important part of the qualification process for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021.”