‘Laura Wolvaardt’ South africa’s new all 3 format captain .

Laura Wolvaardt is now the official captain for the South Africa Women’s cricket team in all formats. The cricket board, CSA, also revealed the 15-player squad for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh, set to take place next month.

Laura Wolvaardt
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Laura Wolvaardt, who is 24 years old, has been given the captaincy full-time after leading the team successfully as an interim captain in the recent home series against Pakistan and New Zealand. South Africa emerged victorious in both series, winning 2-1. In her international career so far, Wolvaardt has played 86 ODIs and 59 T20Is, scoring a total of 3421 runs in ODIs with 30 fifties and four hundreds. In T20Is, she has scored 1313 runs with an average of 32.82 and nine half-centuries. She also made her Test debut during South Africa’s red-ball cricket tour of England last year.

However, as Wolvaardt takes charge as the full-time captain, there are some notable players who will be absent from the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh. Fast bowler Ayabonga Khaka won’t be available due to a knee injury, and all-rounders Chloe Tyron and Nadine de Klerk are also unavailable, with Tyron having a groin issue and de Klerk dealing with a side strain. The T20I series is scheduled to begin on December 3 in Benoni.

Selectors views on “Laura Wolvaardt”

“Having Laura Wolvaardt as the official captain, together with a blend of young and experienced players bodes well for our succession planning,” said the Convenor of Selectors, Clinton du Preez. “It will also assist within the excitement we have around the squad in giving young players an opportunity and therefore we are looking forward to seeing them put up their hand and make impactful performances in this upcoming tour.

“We are excited to provide an opportunity to our extended identified group, especially on the back of some injuries. This allows us to have an indepth look at players for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup taking place next year in Bangladesh.

“The inclusion of Ayanda Hlubi and Eliz-Mari Marx gives great confidence to rewarding performances at the professional level. They have been instrumental with their domestic performances in the past season for their respective provinces,”

Head coach Hilton Moreeng said: “From our perspective, it is about continuing the good work that has been done. We know we are playing against Bangladesh who just came off a very successful tour against Pakistan.

“For the T20Is, this is where we are going to look, where possible, to blend in youngsters and give an opportunity to expose them at this level to keep growing the base. Overall, we have a lot of good youngsters coming through and the squad is becoming stronger and stronger every day with a more challenging environment, so we as a team are looking forward to that.

“It’s another opportunity for some of these youngsters to show what they can do while not losing sight of what we want to achieve overall when it comes to the entire tour,” he concluded.

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