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Injured van Niekerk out of upcoming quadrangular series

Dane van Niekerk is expected to recover in time for the Women's World Cup in June Getty Images

Dane van Niekerk, the South Africa women's captain, will miss the upcoming quadrangular series featuring India, Ireland and Zimbabwe and will be out of action for up to six weeks with a foot injury. South Africa will name an interim captain soon but will not add a replacement in the squad. Van Niekerk should recover in time for the Women's World Cup, which starts in seven-and-a-half weeks, on June 24.

"It's not ideal to lose our captain in the last stages of our preparation for the World Cup, but this is a good opportunity for someone to step up to the plate and fulfill this key all-rounder role in the squad," Hilton Moreeng, South Africa's coach said.

The quadrangular series starts with warm-up matches on May 4 before the teams move to a round-robin section, with each team playing six matches, and then a third-place playoff and final. All the fixtures take place in Potchefstroom.