South African woman cricketer Sune Luus (File photo)
South African woman cricketer Sune Luus (File photo)

Proteas drop Sune Luus from Sri Lanka series

ANI | Updated: Jan 21, 2019 23:22 IST

London (UK), Jan 21 (ANI): All round woman cricketer Sune Luus has been dropped by South Africa as they announced team for their upcoming ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka.
South Africa convenor of selectors Clinton du Preez said that Luus was not picked up in the squad due to “some disappointing performances.”
Sune Luus, unfortunately, misses out on the back of some disappointing performances," ESPNcricinfo quoted du Preez, as saying.
"We're looking forward to seeing how she comes back, she can still add a lot of value, she needs a bit of work with the necessary coaches just to make sure that we get her back to speed (with the bat in hand). Her bowling obviously plays a massive role, so we would need to see how she comes back after playing a few provincial games and preparing for the Pakistan series,” she added.
Opening batswoman Laura Wolvaardt, who has been retained in the ODI squad, is left out if the T20 side. Wicket-keeper batswoman Trisha Chetty is still recovering from the injury while spinner Raisibe Ntozakhe was not available for the selection as her bowling rehabilitation continues.
All-rounder Saarah Smith has made a comeback in the team after recovering from a finger injury whuch she had sustained the T20 World Cup, last year. Other notable inclusions in the T20 side came in the form of Faye Tunnicliffe, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk and Lara Goodall.
The convenor of selectors said that the teams were chosen after analyzing their performance in the T20 World cup.
"Looking into the upcoming Sri Lanka series, we as selectors did a debrief of the World Cup and looked at certain areas that we need to strengthen and looked at different options that will impact the game," du Preez said.
"The likes of Tazmin Brits and Nadine de Klerk could really make an impact on the middle order, the two of them have had a really good provincial season thus far. Saarah Smith coming back from injury as a batter who can add some spin value to the team is something we're looking forward to and in the 50-over format, Andrie Steyn is coming in on the back of some good innings at the provincial level,” she added.
South Africa and Sri Lanka are slated to a three-match T20I series followed by three one-day matches from February 1 to 17.
Following are the full South African T20 and ODI squad for Sri Lanka series:
T20 squad--Dane van Niekerk (Captain), Chloe Tryon (Vice Captain), Lizelle Lee, Tazmin Brits, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Saarah Smith, Tumi Sekhukhune, Zintle Mali, Faye Tunnicliffe (wicketkeeper), Masabata Klaas, Nadine de Klerk.
ODI squad--Dane van Niekerk (captain), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain), Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Saarah Smith, Tumi Sekhukhune, Zintle Mali, Faye Tunnicliffe (wicketkeeper), Masabata Klaas, Andrie Steyn. (ANI)

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