SA Emerging Women head coach, Dinesha Devnarain, is aiming to improve the performances of her players as Cricket South Africa announced a 16-member squad to tour Zimbabwe from 18 May to 26 May 2021.
The squad is made up of South Africa’s best emerging players, backed up by a few of the Momentum Proteas players. The side will be looking for a much better showing following their tour to Bangladesh a month ago.
The squad will come together at the Powerade National Centre of Excellence in Pretoria on Saturday, 15 May, before flying to Bulawayo where they will play five one-day fixtures against Zimbabwe Women side.
North West Dragons duo of Tazmin Brits and Masabata Klaas make a welcome return to the national set up following spells out due to family commitments and injury, respectively. Momentum Proteas members Nondumiso Shangase, Nonkululeko Mlaba as well as all-rounder Anneke Bosch are among those named in the squad.
“We are really pleased with the talent we’ve been able to assemble for this tour.” – SA Emerging Women head coach, Dinesha Devnarain
The squad has profited from insights provided by the management side headed by Devnarain and her management team that includes assistant coach Angelique Taai and video analyst Abram Ndlovu as well as decorated former Proteas player Marcia Letsoalo who is the team manager.
“We are really pleased with the talent we’ve been able to assemble for this tour and the players have benefitted from the insights of our management team – including some players who were in their position only a short time ago,” Devnarain said.
“Our goal is to continue to work with this group of ladies with more face-to-face sessions scheduled and also raise the performance level against a competent Zimbabwe Women side. We’ve had enough time to reflect on our tour of Bangladesh and many in the squad will be looking to improve massively on that performance.”
Speaking following the selection of the side, Cricket SA high-performance manager Vincent Barnes said a strong summer from some of the players helped their elevation to the national emerging team.
“This tour will allow a lot of players who harbour dreams of representing their country at the highest level to experience cricket in different conditions.” – Cricket SA High-Performance Manager, Vincent Barnes
“The players that have been recruited in this squad were all standouts across the summer, with some really impressive performances for their provincial sides,” Barnes said.
“It’s been really impressive to see players like Anneke Bosch perform strongly for the last few matches for the emerging side while those tied to the Proteas (Momentum) all played pivotal roles for the national team in recent tours.
“This tour will allow a lot of players who harbour dreams of representing their country at the highest level to experience cricket in different conditions and this will play an important role in their ongoing development as future Proteas.”
SA Emerging Women Squad:
Andrie Steyn (Western Province)
Tazmin Brits (North West)
Robyn Searle (Northerns)
Nondumiso Shangase (KZN Coastal)
Anneke Bosch (North West)
Sinalo Jafta (Western Province)
Leah Jones (Western Province)
Micaela Andrews (South West Districts)
Masabata Klaas (North West)
Nonkululeko Mlaba (KZN Coastal)
Jane Winster (South West Districts)
Nobulumko Baneti (Border)
Annerie Dercksen (Free State)
Tebogo Macheke (Limpopo)
Delmari Tucker (Western Province)
Jade de Figueredo (KZN Coastal)
Dinesha Devnarain (Head Coach)
Marcia Letsoalo (Manageress)
Angelique Taai (Assistance Coach)
Omphile Dikgetsi (Strength and Condition)
Abram Ndhlovu (Video Analyst)
Yosuf Patel (Doctor)
Kris Devine (Physio)
18 May 2021: 1st One Day Match – Queens Sports Club
20 May 2021: 2nd One Day Match – Queens Sports Club
22 May 2021: 3rd One Day Match – Queens Sports Club
24 May 2021: 4th One Day Match – Queens Sports Club
26 May 2021: 5th One Day Match – Queens Sports Club
Photo 1 Caption: The official 16-member SA Emerging Women squad to tour Zimbabwe for five One-Day matches at Queens Sports Club from 18 May to 26 May 2021. Photo: Cricket South Africa (Twitter)
With editing by gsport