Key players return as South Africa unveil squad for Test and ODIs vs England

South Africa have named a 15-strong squad for the upcoming only Test and three-match ODI series against England.

The one-off red-ball affair will be South Africa’s first Test in more than seven years, having last played against India in 2014 in Mysore. The last time they played a Test against England was in 2003.

The squad features 10 players who are yet to make their first Test appearance including captain Sune Luus.

(List of players who have not played Test cricket: Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Sinalo Jafta, Ayabonga Khaka, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Laura Wolvaardt)

South Africa will be bolstered by the return of key players like Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee and wicket-keeper Sinalo Jafta, who all missed out on the recently concluded white-ball series against Ireland, due to Covid. Luus’ side won the T20I leg by a 2-1 margin while they swept the ICC Women’s Championship ODIs 3-0.

Lara Goodall, Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk and Tumi Sekhukhune have retained their spots after impressive performances in Ireland. Top-order batter Goodall topped the run-getters list in the ODI series in Ireland, accounting for 143 runs in three matches, averaging 143 while de Klerk and Tumi Sekhukhune were the top wicket-takers in T20Is.

Notable absentees are the injured Dané van Niekerk, South Africa’s regular captain, and fast bowler Masabata Klaas, who both are making good progress but were unavailable for selection.

The one-off Test will commence from 27 June, followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is; The squad for the T20I leg will be announced next month.

Squad for Test and ODIs: Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus (capt), Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloé Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt.

Fixtures:

Only Test: June 27-30, Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton
1st ODI: 11 July, The County Ground, Northampton
2nd ODI: July 15, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
3rd ODI: July 18, The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester
1st T20I: July 21, The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford
2nd T20I: July 23, Blackfinch New Road, Worcester
3rd T20I: July 25, The Incora County Ground, Derby

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