South Africa start their second training camp; WBBL stars to give it a miss

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that a 21-member squad will commence their second national training camp on Monday (September 28).  The squad will assemble at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom and will undergo physical conditioning as well as routine cricket training for the duration of the working week. The squad will be based at the venue until Friday (October 2).

Earlier, an extended 24-player squad underwent a week-long training camp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria in late July which included skill-based training as well as pre-season medical assessments. Following that, players were told to continue practicing in their respective provinces.

Dane van Niekerk, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Lizelle Lee, Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tryon, who have signed deals with various franchises in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), will miss the training camp dur to travel commitments. The group are set to travel to Australia on October 1 to take part in the tournament that will begin on October 25. CSA have named five uncapped players to take their places in the camp.

Delmi Tucker, Tebogo Macheke, Nobulomko Baneti, Khayakaze Mathe and Gabisile Nkosi, who were not part of the previous training group, have been added to the training squad.

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Tucker scored 250 runs from 7 innings at an average of 41.66 in List-A matches in the provincial league during the 2019-20 season and was the leading wicket-taker with 16 scalps to her name. Baneti, who took 17 wickets across two formats in the 2019-20 season, has also been rewarded for her performance.

Hilton Moreeng, South Africa's head coach, wants the players to use the camp as an opportunity to get back from the lengthy break they had and prepare for the international season ahead.

“The camp is always a great opportunity to take stock of where everyone is at following the lengthy break due the pandemic and to really plot our development for an important international season ahead,” Moreeng said. “We’ll be looking to test out the players physical readiness, mentally and really set a standard ahead of what will be expected of them at international level and also to assist the younger players by integrating them with the more experienced players.”

The newly appointed assistant coach Dillon du Preez and Zane Webster, the newstrength and conditioning coach, will oversee the development of the players during the one-week camp.

“We have since assembled a strong backroom staff in the form of a new assistant coach with a dedicated skill of looking after the bowlers and also really excited to have Zane Webster as the strength conditioning lead. The support around the team has never been better and we are resolute to make the most of it,” Moreeng concluded.

Training squad: Masabata Klaas, Tazmin Brits, Anneke Bosch, Ayabonga Khaka, Robyn Searle, Trisha Chetty, Raisibe Ntozekhe, Sinalo Jafta, Lara Goodall, Andrie Steyn, Faye Tunnicliffe, Tumi Sekhukhune, Sune Luus, Nondumiso Shangase, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Micheala Andrews, Delmi Tucker, Tebogo Macheke, Nobulomko Baneti, Khayakaze Mathe, Gabisile Nkosi.