Women cricketers can repair image

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

After their disappointing showing at the recent ICC Women's World Cup in Australia, the South African national women's cricket team aims to make amends at the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in England in June.

This was said by Denise Reid, the women's convenor of selectors, yesterday.

She said the South Africans will have a chance to redeem their tarnished image at the inaugural T20 tournament after they were knocked out in the group stage in Australia. They finished seventh overall.

"We never played to our capability at the maiden World Cup in Australia. But it was understandable because it was our first time taking part in that competitive tournament," said Reid.

The South Africans have organised two training camps in preparation for the T20 tournament in England.

The first camp will be held at the University of Western Cape from April 17 to 19, with the second one set for next month, possibly in Cape Town.

Reid says they will trim their squad from 19 to 17 at their second training camp.

There are four players in the squad who were not part of the team that played in Australia.

Gauteng's Kirstie Thomson makes a return after she was left out of the World Cup squad because of injury.

The others are veteran batter Alison Hodgkinson, Moseline Daniels and Dinesha Devnarain.

The provisional squad is: Sunette Loubser (captain), Alicia Smith (vice-captain), Susan Benade, Cri-Zelda Brits, Trisha Chetty, Moseline Daniels, Dinesha Devnarain, Mignon du Preez, Shandre Fritz, Alison Hodgkinson, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ashlyn Kilowan, Marcia Letsoalo, Thomson, Charlize van der Westhuizen, Yolandi van der Westhuizen, Dane van Niekerk and Claire Terblanche.