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Update Sune Luus named skipper for Pakistan series

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Sune Luus has been named captain of the South Africa women's team to take on Pakistan, Cricket South Africa confirmed on Friday (January 15) while announcing the 18-member squad. With regular skipper Dane van Niekerk ruled out of the series due to a back injury, Luus will take over the reigns of both the ODI and the T20I teams.

Chloe Tyron has also been ruled out of the series with a lower back issue whereas Marizanne Kapp, who was hospitalised during the WBBL, has been named after attaining full fitness.

This will be South Africa's first assignment post the Women's T20 World Cup last year in Australia. South Africa were supposed to host Australia last year immediately after the World Cup but the series was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. South Africa's tours to West Indies in May and England in September were also called off as a result of the threat posed by the pandemic.

"I'm excited about this group we have selected, and the players have a great opportunity to continue with the great strides they have made at this level and also opportunities to the young ones," Head Coach Hilton Moreeng said.

"Many in the squad have international experience including our captain Sune who has led us with composure in the past and hopefully will do likewise on this tour. There are several talented youngsters who show exciting potential and giving some of them an opening will not only increase the squad's depth but increase competition for places."

The three-match ODI series will kickstart on January 20 and the two teams will lock horns in a three-match T20I series as well, which begins on January 29. All six matches will be played at Kingsmead, Durban.

Squad: Sune Luus ©, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty (WK), Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Lizelle Lee, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nadine de Klerk, Tumi Sekhukhune, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Lara Goodall, Nondumiso Shangase, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Faye Tunnicliffe, Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits.


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