ICC Women's T20 World Cup: South Africa announce 15-player squad, Sune Luus to lead team
Johannesburg (South Africa), January 31: South Africa named a 15-player squad for the upcoming ICC Women's T20 World Cup on home soil on Tuesday.
South Africa was a semi-finalist in the 2014 and 2020 T20 World Cups, as well as a final-four finisher in the 50-over Cricket World Cup last year. South Africa will begin the tournament in Cape Town on February 10 against Sri Lanka. The Proteas will then face New Zealand and Australia on February 13 and 18, before facing Bangladesh on February 21. Since Lizelle Lee retired from international cricket in July of last year, one of the major questions surrounding the tournament's hosts will be who will bat first alongside Laura Wolvaardt.
Tazmin Brits has successfully proved her abilities with scores against the West Indies, while Anneke Bosch may be used despite low scores when given opportunities up the order in their build-up.
Chloe Tryon and Marizanne Kapp provide power in the team's middle order, and Sune Luus, the captain, keeps the batting order together with a balance of force and control.
Few teams can compete with this team's breadth of bowling because the trio is all more than capable with the ball in hand. Shabnim Ismail, Kapp's leader, will most likely take the new ball as Ayabonga Khaka continues to prove her worth on the international stage. Nonkululeko Mlaba's left-arm orthodox will be crucial in the campaign, as will the contributions of Luus, Tryon, and even Nadine de Klerk.
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