CSA Announces South Africa Women’s Squad For Test And ODI Series On England Tour

South Africa Women's Cricket Team

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the South Africa women’s squad for the upcoming tour of England which will feature one Test, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20I matches beginning on June 27 and ending on July 23, 2022.

South Africa will kick off the tour with a one-off Test match at the County Ground in Taunton before taking on the World Cup finalists in respective three-match ODI and T20 International (T20I) series across six venues in Northampton, Bristol, Leicester as well as Chelmsford, Worcester, and Derby.

The Proteas Women contingent set to feature in the T20Is between 21 – 25 July as well as the historic 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be named on 12 July.

Marizanne Kapp. Photo- Twitter
Marizanne Kapp. Photo- Twitter

The 15-member squad sees the return of Sinaloa Jafta, all-rounder Marizanne Kapp and opening batter Lizelle Lee who missed the Ireland tour. On the other hand, the injured duo of permanent captain Dané van Niekerk and fast bowler Masabata Klaas remain unavailable for selection.

The one-off Test will be South Africa’s first since facing India in 2014.

With The Red Ball, The Main Thing Is To Find Our Feet As A Team Again In The Format: Coach Hilton Moreeng

The South African women’s team will also play three warmup matches in England, including a three-day game as well as a one-day and T20 contest against England A to ensure the team’s preparedness for the multi-format tour.

Coach Hilton Moreeng, who is in Ireland, said: “For us it has been very good and the exciting thing is that the crop of youngsters have started to put in the right performances. Now that we are going to England, we know that we are going to start with a format that most of them haven’t played in a while other than the preparation that we had, so it is exciting times, especially as a young cricketer in the squad.

Hilton-Moreeng. Photo- ICC
Hilton-Moreeng. Photo- ICC

With the red ball, the main thing is to find our feet as a team again in the format and we take it one day at a time, then we can only progress into it and players can have an opportunity to go into a three-day prep. Those that haven’t had the opportunity when we were back home can also start getting their aim of the red ball. Post that we know we are heading into ODI cricket and T20Is to build up into the Commonwealth Games.”

Proteas Squad for England Tour – Test & ODIs:

Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloé Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt

Itinerary for England women’s tour of South Africa:

Only Test – Monday, 27 – 30 June – England vs South Africa (Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton)

ODI series:
Monday, 11 July– 1st ODI – England vs South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton)
Friday, 15 July– 2nd  ODI – England vs South Africa (Bristol County Ground, Bristol)
Monday, 18 July– 3rd ODI – England vs South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester)

T20 Series:
Thursday, 21 July– 1st T20 – England vs South Africa (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
Saturday, 23 July- 2nd T20 – England vs South Africa (Blackfinch New Road, Worcester)
Monday, 25 July- 3rd T20 – England vs South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby)

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India Women Team To Tour Sri Lanka Ahead Of Commonwealth Games 2022

India Women's team in a huddle. Photo- Getty

India women’s cricket team is expected to tour Sri Lanka to play limited-overs fixtures in the upcoming months en route to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

This will be the first instance for the Women in Blue to play after missing the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 knockout berth by a whisker.

India women team to travel Sri Lanka next month to play limited-overs matches

According to a report by Times of India, Indian women’s team will play three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals in the island nation in the June-July period.

“The team will arrive in Sri Lanka on June 18. The first ODI is scheduled to take place on June 23, while the first T20I will be held on July 3. The tour will end with the last T20I on July 7,” a BCCI source told Times of India. 

India women cricket team
India women cricket team. Image: Twitter

BCCI isn’t worried about the unrest situation in Sri Lanka amid political turmoil and economic crisis. The India board cited Australia men’s team tour as the example to allow the Indian women’s side to play in the island nation.

Even the Australian men’s cricket team is touring Lanka around the same time. So cricket shouldn’t be affected by that,” the source said.

India are paired with Australia, Barbados, and Pakistan in the inaugural edition of Women’s T20I tournament in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Meg Lanning, Harmanpreet Kaur
Meg Lanning, Harmanpreet Kaur. (Photo: Twitter)

The tournament will be held between July 29 and August 8, where eight teams will participate and will be divided into two groups – four teams in each.

India women team to play against England after Commonwealth Games

After the CWG 2022, India will play three T20 Internationals against England followed by three ODIs, the final game of the tour will be held at the Lord’s on September 24.

There won’t be any Test match between the two teams as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are planning to host the second edition of Women’s Hundred during that period.

The BCCI requested the  English Cricket Board to schedule a Test, but ECB couldn’t accede to the request, citing a busy schedule, which includes the ‘Hundred’ too, for them,” the source mentioned.

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ICC Women’s World Cup Final: Twitter Reacts As Australia Claims Seventh Women’s World Cup Title By Beating England By 71 Runs In The Final

ICC Women's World Cup Final: Twitter Reacts As Australia Claims Seventh Women’s World Cup Title By Beating England By 71 Runs In The Final

The final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 saw Australia Women dominating their England counterparts at Christchurch on April 3, 2022, and claiming their seventh title as they won the final by 71 runs. Alyssa Healy shined with the bat, winning the Player of the Match and Player of the Tournament awards easily.

England captain Heather Knight had won the toss and chose to bowl first, a decision she might have later regretted.

It was complete and utter dominance from Australian batters as Alyssa Healy and Rachel Haynes put on 160 runs for the opening wicket. Haynes made 68 in 93 balls and when she fell, Beth Mooney joined Healy, who was on a completely different level in the final.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 03: Alyssa Healy of Australia celebrates her century during the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia and England at Hagley Oval on April 03, 2022 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 03: Alyssa Healy of Australia celebrates her century during the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Final match between Australia and England at Hagley Oval on April 03, 2022, in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Mooney made 62 in 47 balls, adding 156 runs for the second wicket. But the Australian innings belonged to the mastery and brilliance of Alyssa Healy, who slammed a record-breaking 170 in 138 balls with 26 fours to her name. This was the highest individual score in the World Cup finals, bettering Adam Gilchrist’s 149* against Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.

Healy also became the first batter to score over 500 runs in a single edition of the Women’s World Cup, ending on 509 runs in the 2022 Women’s World Cup. Australia finished on 356/5 in 50 overs, the highest ever score in a Women’s World Cup final and for England, Anya Shrubsole picked 3/46.

Nat Sciver’s Valiant 148* Goes In Vain As England Suffers A Brutal Heartbreak

The England women had a daunting task of chasing down 356 runs, which were 3 runs short of what Australia men’s team put up against India in the finals of the 2003 World Cup when they made 359 runs.

The total was a daunting one and despite a valiant 148 from Nat Sciver, England fell short as Megan Schutt removed Tammy Beaumont for 27 and Danni Wyatt for 4 runs. Heather Knight fell for 26 to Alana King. Sciver remained unbeaten on 148, hitting 15 fours and 1 six in 121 balls faced.

Nat Sciver scored another fighting century against Australia, Australia vs England, Women's World Cup 2022 final, Christchurch, April 3, 2022 © ICC via Getty Images
Nat Sciver scored another fighting century against Australia, Australia vs England, Women’s World Cup 2022 final, Christchurch, April 3, 2022, © ICC via Getty Images

The remainder of England’s batting couldn’t cope with the pressure of chasing such a huge target and folded at 285 in 43.4 overs and lost the match by 71 runs. Australia’s Alana King with 3/64 and Jess Jonassen with 3/57 were the picks of the bowlers.

This was Australia’s 7th Women’s World Cup title win. Alyssa Healy was named the Player of the Match for her 170-run knock and Player of the Tournament for her record-breaking haul of 509 runs.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the Australian team winning the 2022 Women’s World Cup:

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