Mignon du Preez returns to Proteas for England T20s, Commonwealth Games

  • Proteas star batter Mignon du Preez will return to the national lineup after retiring from ODI and Test cricket.
  • Du Preez will join the Proteas women for the upcoming three-game T20 series against England and be part of their squad for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
  • Sune Luus will continue to wear the captain’s armband as regular skipper Dane van Niekerk did not recover from her ankle injury in time.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the 16-man Proteas women’s squad for the upcoming three-game T20 series against England, which includes the return of Proteas star batsman Mignon du Preez.

Meanwhile, the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) confirmed a 15-man women’s T20 squad for this month’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Du Preez returns for the first time since attending this year’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. Du Preez makes her first return to the team following her exit from the ODI and Test formats.

Both T20 teams continue to be led by all-rounder Suné Luus as team captain Dané van Niekerk was unable to recover from a broken ankle suffered earlier this year in time for the England T20Is and the Birmingham games.

The T20 International (T20I) series of three games between England and the Proteas begins July 21-25.

The same group of players, with the exception of the uncapped Delmi Tucker, will represent team South Africa in the inaugural women’s T20 competition at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham from July 29th to August 7th.

Proteas’ T20I Series vs England 16-Player Squad:

Suné Luus (Captain) (Titans Ladies), Chloé Tryon (Vice-Captain) (KZN Coastal), Anneke Bosch (Senwes Dragons), Trisha Chetty (KZN Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (Western Province), Mignon du Preez (Titans Ladies ). ), Lara Goodall (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (KZN Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (Western Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Ayabonga Khaka (Imperial Lions), Masabata Klaas (Senwes Dragons), Nonkululeko Mlaba (KZN Coastal) , Tumi Sekhukhune (Lions), Delmi Tucker (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Six Gun Grill Western Province)

South Africa were drawn into Group B and meet New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka.

Looking to repeat the gold medal performance the men achieved in Malaysia in 1998, the Proteas women will have the ideal preparation for the T20 tournament when they face England in conditions similar to those in Birmingham.

“With key players unavailable, we are delighted to be attending the Commonwealth Games. Mignon du Preez brings experience to the roster and allows for some strategic changes in the batting side,” said Clinton, CSA Momentum Proteas du Préez Convenor of Selectors.

“It gives the players another opportunity to show their skills as we prepare for the home T20 World Championship after the games and the team has an opportunity to finish within the medals.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to prepare for these games, with the tour of Ireland and also against England. It has allowed players a lot of rotation and opportunities. We want to carry that momentum into the games and have the players in a positive space as we compete.”

CSA Director of Cricket (DoC) Enoch Nkwe says he has no doubt the Proteas women will make the country proud in Birmingham.

“Huge congratulations are in order for the 15 players who have been chosen to be a part of the story of growing women’s cricket in South Africa and around the world when they compete in the first T20 cricket tournament at next month’s Commonwealth Games for women,” said Nkwe.

“The continuity in the group of selected players not only shows the confidence in the individual cricketers, but is also an indication of the excellent work that the coaching staff together with the selection panel have put into their planning for this momentous event on the cricket calendar.

“I have no doubt that under the guidance of coach Hilton Moreeng and captain Suné Luus, the Proteas team will leave everything on the field to make the entire South African population beam with pride as they follow their progress at the Games.”

T20I Series vs England:

Thursday 21st July – T20 1 – England v South Africa at the Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford (20:00 South Africa time)

Saturday 23rd July – 2nd T20 – England vs South Africa at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester (3:30pm South African time)

Monday 25th July – T20 3 – England v South Africa at the Incora County Ground, Derby (7:30pm SE time)

South Africa’s Commonwealth Games 2022 T20 Matches:

Saturday 30 July – 11:00 a.m. local time – New Zealand – South Africa

Tuesday 02 August – 11:00 a.m. local time – England – South Africa

Thursday 04 August – 11:00 local time – South Africa – Sri Lanka

Saturday 06 August – 11:00 local time – Semi-Finals 1

Saturday 06 August – 18:00 local time – Semifinals 2

Sunday 07 August – 10:00 local time – Bronze Medal

Sunday 07 August – 17:00 local time – Gold Medal

Mignon du Preez returns to Proteas for England T20s, Commonwealth Games

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