GUYANA – In captain Dane van Niekerk and teenager Laura Wolvaardt, South Africa have two game-changing players when the T20 Women's World Cup is held in Guyana, Saint Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda in the West Indies from Friday until November 24.
Each team will play their group matches at one venue, in either Guyana or St Lucia, before the semifinals and final move to Antigua. South Africa's three group games take place in St Lucia.
Captain and all-rounder Van Niekerk has some impressive statistics.
At just 25, she is her country's leading run-scorer and joint-second top wicket-taker in T20 International cricket.
Van Niekerk is a genuine match-winner with both disciplines. On wickets that are expected to be particularly receptive to spin bowling, her leg-spin will be a handy asset for her side, particularly in the middle overs.