CAPE TOWN - The youthful talent emerging in the Proteas women’s team is “the stuff captains dreams are made of” and will give the team that elusive “X-factor”, says skipper Dane van Niekerk.
The Proteas are set to tour the West Indies and boast four graduates from the South African Emerging team whose performances last season made compelling arguments for selection. Saarah Smith, Tumi Sekhukhune, Robyn Searle and Faye Tunnicliffe are all exciting prospects who have been included for the three-match ICC Women’s Championship ODI and five-match T20 series.
The tour will play a big role in the tourists’ plans to secure points towards direct qualification for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, as well as solidify preparation for the first ever stand-alone ICC Women’s World T20 also in the West Indies in November.
“It’s really encouraging to see how much talent has come up in the last few years and that the CSA pipeline is developing some quality players,” Van Niekerk said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what these girls do and the fact that each offers something different and unique to the team’s needs is even better.
"That, mixed with other young talent that we already have in Laura Wolvaardt, Raisibe Ntozakhe and Zintle Mali is the stuff captains’ dreams are made of. It’s going to be a good headache for selectors when it comes to picking teams going forward.