Cricket South Africa has announced two changes to the squad for the Women's World T20, which begins on November 9. While one of the changes - the naming of a replacement for offspinner Raisibe Ntozakhe - was expected, the other comes after a surprise injury to one of the team's rookie members.
Ntozakhe was suspended for an illegal bowling action in October and was replaced by Yolani Fourie, another offspinner from Gauteng, while she works on remodelling her bowling action. Left-arm medium pacer Moseline Daniels was also called up after Saarah Smith sustained a proximal phalanx basal fracture on her pinky finger during a practice session on Saturday. The injury will take four to six weeks to resolve.
"It's very unfortunate," said coach Hilton Moreeng of Smith's injury. "We feel her pain as one of our squad members who worked extremely hard through the winter to find herself in her very first World Cup. To end it so prematurely for her it's very disappointing and we wish her a speedy recovery and we know that she will make a good come back. She's got a strong head on her shoulders.
"Going forward now, after a discussion with the rest of the selectors, the players coming in are both suitable replacements, players who have both been to World Cups before so we will have that experience to fall back on and we know that they will be able to add value to the team from game one."
South Africa will play in Group A in St Lucia against defending champions West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and World Cup Qualifier winners Bangladesh, with their opening game against Sri Lanka on 12 November. In two unofficial warm-up games so far, they have lost to England by 17 runs and India, narrowly, by three runs.
South Africa squad: Dané van Niekerk (captain), Chloe Tryon, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt, Zintle Mali, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Trisha Chetty (wk), Yolani Fourie, Moseline Daniels
Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town