De Ridder and Dercksen selected for Proteas

Left Annerie Dercksen and right Mieke de Ridder. Photos: Supplied

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named a 16-player squad for the Proteas Women’s outbound tour to India, beginning with three ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and a one-off Test match between 16 June – 01 July in Bengaluru and Chennai.

The squad for the three-match T20 International (T20I) series, taking place from 05 – 09 July, will be confirmed during the tour.

The experienced squad features the return of SAs Emerging and Hollywoodbets Dolphins all-rounder Nondumiso Shangase, who rejoins the national team for the first time since the Bangladesh tour in December 2023.

Additionally, wicketkeeper Mieke de Ridder from the Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers returns after missing the recent tour against Sri Lanka due to a hand injury.

Annerie Dercksen, together with de Ridder, will be another player from the Garden Route Badgers who will join the tour.

In another significant comeback, top-order batter Tazmin Brits has been named in the squad as she nears full recovery from a knee surgery in mid-April. Brits will undergo a fitness test before the team departs, to determine the extent of her participation in the tour.

Proteas Women interim head coach, Dillon du Preez commented: “Everyone’s excited and looking forward to the tour to India.”

“So far, preparation has been great. We had a big focus on options against spin and it was good to see the buy-in from the team.”

“We also have new management involved, so this would be a great opportunity for them to find their feet before we come back and start our preparation for the World Cup.”

“The key for us would be to assess the conditions as soon as possible, be calm under pressure and try to play key moments in the game better than the opposition. We all know a series against India in India will always be tough.”

Proteas Women ODI and Test Squad – Outbound Tour to India (16 June – 09 July): Laura Wolvaardt (Captain) (Fidelity Titans), Anneke Bosch (Fidelity Titans), Tazmin Brits (DP World LIons), Nadine de Klerk (World Sports Betting Western Province), **Annerie Dercksen (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), **Mieke de Ridder (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Sinalo Jafta (DP World Lions), Marizanne Kapp (World Sports Betting Western Province), Ayabonga Khaka (DP World Lions) (ODI Squad Only), Masabata Klaas (Fidelity Titans), Suné Luus (Fidelity Titans), *Eliz-Mari Marx (Fidelity Titans), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tumi Sekhukhune (DP World Lions), *Nondumiso Shangase (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), ⁠Delmi Tucker (World Sports Betting Western Province).

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