Dané van Niekerk Speaks Out as She Misses Out on Commonwealth Games

Full-time #MomentumProteas skipper Dané van Niekerk speaks out as she will miss the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due to an on-going ankle injury. Photo: gsport

In just over 10 days attention will be on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. With Cricket South Africa already having announced the squad to represent the country in the UK, the notable exclusion has been that of regular captain Dané van Niekerk.

In a massive blow for Hilton Moreeng’s side, the full-time skipper misses another major tournament as she continues to battle with an ankle injury.

She had initially been named in the provisional South African squad for Birmingham 2022, and was undergoing rehabilitation. Unfortunately van Niekerk could not recover in time.

The leg spin bowler was absent at the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in New Zealand after she broke her ankle after slipping and falling at the beginning of January at home. She has been undergoing rehabilitation for the injury. It is with no doubt that this will be a setback for the Proteas who, in van Niekerk, lose not only an incredible and influential leader but also one of the best T20 players in the world.

The skipper last played in Australia’s Big Bag League for Adelaide Strikers in November 2021. Van Niekerk has built a credible name for herself as one to provide the necessary leadership in a team as she also captained the Oval Invincibles to victory in the inaugural women’s The Hundred last year.

On her Instagram page, van Niekerk said about the omission in the squad: “Sad to miss out on the historic #CommonwealthGames! Working hard to come back as soon as possible to represent my country again! Backing the team to make all of us proud”

With the 29 year old out, Suné Luus will continue to lead the squad, this confirmed by Cricket South Africa: “The squad will be led by all-rounder, Suné Luus in the absence of the team captain, Dané van Niekerk, who was unsuccessful in her bid to recover in time for the Birmingham Games from an ankle fracture sustained earlier this year.”

In other news from the Proteas camp: experienced campaigner Mignon du Preez makes a welcomed return after being left out of the outfit that played against Ireland. Marizanne Kapp, Sinalo Jafta and Masabata Klaas have also returned to the T20I squad.

CSA Momentum Proteas Convenor of Selectors, Clinton du Preez said: “With key players not available, we remain very excited to compete in the Commonwealth Games. Having Mignon du Preez adds experience to the squad and allows for some strategic changes in the batting line-up. It once again allows the opportunity for players to showcase their skills, as post the Games we prepare for the home T20 World Cup, and the team has the capabilities to finish within the medals,” the Convenor continued.

CSA Director of Cricket (DoC), Enoch Nkwe, commented: “I have no doubt that the Proteas team, under the tutelage of coach Hilton Moreeng and captain, Suné Luus, will leave it all out on the field in an effort to make the entire South African population beam with pride while following their progression at the Games.”

 

South Africa Women Squad for Commonwealth Games 2022:

Suné Luus (Captain), Chloé Tryon (Vice-Captain), Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt.

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Full-time #MomentumProteas skipper Dané van Niekerk speaks out as she will miss the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due to an on-going ankle injury. Photo: gsport

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