| Published: November 24, 2023 8:30:00 p.m.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has handed over the reins of its women’s team for all three formats to the experienced opener.
The appointment of Laura Wolvaardt as full-time skipper of the South Africa women’s team has been finalized. Previously, the player was the interim captain of the team for the Pakistan and New Zealand series, reports www.icc-cricket.com.
The 24-year-old will lead the Proteas in all three formats. His first assignment as a full-time leader will be the home T20I and ODI series against Bangladesh from December 3-23.
Wolvaardt enjoyed success during his stint as temporary skipper, leading his team to back-to-back series wins over Pakistan and New Zealand, while also performing with the bat.
The success ensured the opener, who has 3,421 ODI runs at an average of 45.61 and 1,313 T20I runs at an average of 32.82, got the backing to become a full-time captain.
The batter will lead a team mixed with youth and experience for the T20I series. The ODI squad will be announced later.
The experienced Marizanne Kapp was rested from the T20Is, while she will return for the ODI leg. Among the centrally contracted players missing from the T20I squad due to various injuries are Ayabonga Khaka (knee), Chloè Tryon (groin) and Nadine de Klerk (lateral sprain).
Clinton du Preez, head of South Africa’s selectors, said the appointment had worked well for their succession plan.
“Having Laura Wolvaardt as our official captain, along with a mix of young and experienced players, bodes well for our succession planning,” du Preez said. “It will also contribute to the enthusiasm we have around the team by giving an opportunity to young players and so we look forward to seeing them put their hands up and put in some impactful performances on this upcoming tour.
“A few of our senior players are unavailable for the T20 leg of the Bangladesh Tour due to injuries and those returning from the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). We are excited to provide an opportunity to our expanded identified group, particularly in the wake of some injuries.
“This allows us to have an in-depth look at the players for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which will take place next year in Bangladesh.”
Hilton Moreeng, the head coach of the South Africa women’s team, was looking to continue the work accomplished so far.
“From our point of view, it’s about continuing the good work that has been done. We know we are playing against Bangladesh who are coming off a very successful tour against Pakistan.
“For the T20Is, that’s where we’re going to look, as much as possible, to bring in the youngsters and give them the opportunity to expose them to that level to continue to develop the base,” the coach said -chief. “Overall we have a lot of good young guys coming in and the team is getting stronger every day with a tougher environment, so we as a team are looking forward to that.
“It’s a new opportunity for some of these young guys to show what they can do without losing sight of what we want to achieve overall on the whole tour.”
Bangladesh T20I Squad:
Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Annerie Dercksen, Mieke de Ridder, Lara Goodall, Ayanda Hlubi, Sinalo Jafta, Masabata Klaas, Suné Luus, Eliz-Mari Marx, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Delmi Tucker, Laura Wolvaardt.
1st T20I: December 3 at Willowmoore Park, Benoni (day match)
2nd T20I: December 6 at Kimberley Oval, Kimberley (match D/N)
3rd T20I: December 8 at Kimberley Oval, Kimberley (match D/N)
1st ODI: December 16 at Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium, East London (match D/N)
2nd ODI: December 20 at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom (Match D/N)
3rd ODI: December 23 at Willowmoore Park, Benoni (Match D/N).