Kapp, Lee and Jafta return as South Africa announce squad for Test and ODIs of England tour
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the 15-member squad for the only Test and ODI legs of their tour of England, scheduled to begin on June 27 at the County Ground in Taunton. While Marizanne Kapp and Lizelle Lee have made a returned to the squad, Nadine de Klerk and Anneke Bosch have also found the spot in the Suné Luus-led side.
According to CSA, the injured duo of regular captain Dane van Niekerk and fast bowler Masabata Klaas were not available for selection despite making good progress in the rehabilitation. Tazmin Brits, Raisibe Ntozakhe, and Delmi Tucker, who recently made her international debut for South Africa, will head home after the conclusion of the Ireland tour.
The Test match at the County Ground in Taunton will mark South Africa’s return to the red-ball cricket after a long hiatus of eight years. From the current squad, only Kapp, Lee, Trisha Chetty, and Chloé Tryon were part of the team that played the Test match against India in 2014 in Mysore. While the likes of captain Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, and Ayabonga Khaka will get the opportunity to don the Test whites for the first time.
CSA’s convenor of selectors, Clinton du Preez, congratulated the squad and said: ‘’On the back of an exciting and convincing tour in Ireland, we are excited in having the three players back joining the squad in the United Kingdom. Kapp, Lizelle, and Jafta will bring experience and seniority to the squad as we take on England.”
Experienced players like Kapp and Lee missed the tour against Ireland due to medical reasons. Wicket-keeper Sinalo Jafta missed out on the Ireland series as she was recovering from the injury. “The three have been preparing well back home, and we are looking forward to having them in the squad,” du Preez noted.
South Africa’s head coach, Hilton Moreeng, was pleased with the 15-member squad to face England in the one-off Test match and three ODIs. He believes the two-week-long tour of Ireland gave his team the idea about the upcoming challenges.
“We are happy that we could come to Ireland and be able to play in these conditions which are similar to where we are going to,” Moreeng said.
“The squad has acclimatised very well, and they have started playing good cricket as the series went on. For us, it has been very good and the exciting thing is that the crop of youngsters have started to put in the right performances. With the red ball, the main thing is to find our feet as a team again in the format, and we take it one day at a time. Then we can only progress into it, and players can have an opportunity to go into a three-day prep.”
South Africa Squad: Suné Luus (c), Chloé Tryon, Andrie Steyn, Anneke Bosch, Ayabonga Khaka, Lara Goodall, Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp, Nadine De Klerk, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Trisha Chetty and Tumi Sekhukhune
27 June to 30 June
One Day Internationals:
Saturday, 11 July – 1st ODI
Tuesday, 15 July– 2nd ODI
Friday, 18 July – 3rd ODI
Friday, 21 July – 1st T20I
Monday, 23 July – 2nd T20I
Wednesday, 25 July – 3rd T20I