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Van Niekerk to lead experienced Proteas Women squad at T20 World Cup

The Proteas Women open their pool campaign against England Women in Perth, followed by clashes against Thailand Women and Pakistan Women before ending the pool stages against West Indies Women.

The Proteas women celebrate a wicket. Picture: @OfficialCSA/Twitter

JOHANESBURG - Cricket South Africa on Monday announced an experienced 15-player squad to represent the country at next month's ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.

Head coach Hilton Moreeng named 11 players from the 2018 T20 World Cup squad, alongside 4 T20 World Cup debutants.

The Proteas Women open their pool campaign against England Women in Perth, followed by clashes against Thailand Women and Pakistan Women before ending the pool stages against West Indies Women.

Moreeng said they have put together a well-balanced side.

"We have assembled a team that we feel can hold their own against anyone in the world and it will be important that we carry that belief into the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The players we have at our disposal are some of the best and most promising players in women’s cricket globally and we will make sure that we give them the best tools to succeed on this big stage," he said.

Captain Dane van Niekerk said the team is embracing the challenge.

"There is always going to be pressure at any form of international cricket. If you go to a World Cup and you aren’t confident in your abilities then you don’t have to rock up, we have to go there to win otherwise might as well not go," she said.

The tournament begins on 21 February and runs until 8 March, International Women’s Day.

Full squad:
Dane Van Niekerk (c), Laura Wolvaard, Lizelle Lee, Mignon Du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus, Chloe Tryon (vc), Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Tumi Sekhukhune, Trisha Chetty, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nadine De Klerk, Nondumiso Shangase.

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