Six players have earned their maiden Test call-ups in South Africa’s 14-member squad for the one-off game in Australia, to be played at Perth’s WACA ground from February 15. Chloe Tryon returns after missing South Africa’s last Test, the drawn encounter against England in Taunton in June 2022.
The six first-timers are Tazmin Brits, Masabata Klaas, Ayanda Hlubi, Eliz-Mari Marx, Delmi Tucker, and Mieke de Ridder.
The rest of the squad members were all part of the playing XI in that Test: Laura Wolvaardt, now the all-format captain, Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Sune Luus, Sinalo Jafta, Nonkululeko Mlaba, and Marizanne Kapp, who had scored 150 and 43 not out in that Test.
All the players in the Test squad are already in Australia for the ongoing ODI series. Ayabonga Khaka, who is also with the ODI squad, has “chosen not to participate in red-ball cricket,” according to a CSA statement.
Head coach Hilton Moreeng said, “It’s a great opportunity for us as a team. It’s [a Test] another one in a while again, so I think especially with the youngsters, they’re very excited to challenge themselves and to test their skills in the longer format and in women’s cricket, it hasn’t been something we’ve been familiar with. We’ve had an opportunity to prepare for it and playing in an iconic stadium, it’s an opportunity that every youngster wants to grab and test their skills against, so it’s exciting times for women’s cricket and one we’re looking forward to as a team.”
Convenor of selectors Clinton du Preez added, “We are contemplating strategic adjustments within the batting lineup for the Test match. Additionally, we aim to provide opportunities to players who have been part of the tour, while also assessing prospects for future Test matches. Our focus is on structuring the lineup to achieve the right balance within our squad.
“Test cricket introduces an element of excitement, particularly for those players experiencing it for the first time. I look forward to observing the squad members and their performances within the red-ball arena.”
South Africa squad for one-off Test against Australia:
Laura Wolvaardt (capt)
Nadine de Klerk
Mieke de Ridder
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