Monday 26 September 2011 

South Africa Recall Thomson And Hodgkinson

South Africa Recall Thomson And Hodgkinson
South Africa Recall Thomson And Hodgkinson
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South Africa Women have named a 15-member squad to take on England for three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals in October.

Crizelda Brits will lead the side and recalled to the squad are Kirstie Thomson who missed the 2010 ICC Women's World Twenty20 with injury and Alison Hodgkinson.

"It’s great to know that hard work still pays off," Hodgkinson said.

"I have trained harder than I ever have in my life to earn back my place in this squad and I’m excited for the England tour."

South Africa face a huge challenge in taking on top-ranked England, who they have beaten just six times in 26 attempts in ODI cricket and never beaten in Twenty20 cricket.

Brits is well aware of this, however, adding: "The team is very wary of England, we know that as the world’s number one team they won’t be holding anything back but I have every faith in the team that the coach and the selectors chose. We are at the best that we have ever been mentally and physically and we look forward to getting this tour started."

Coach Yashin Ebrahim-Hassen said: "These girls are well deserving of their selection, their passion, commitment, hard work and loyalty to the badge has paid off.

"This series against the world number one team would be an excellent yardstick to assess where they and the team are at in women’s cricket. I congratulate them on their selection and wish them everything of the best in the England series. With a bit of luck hopefully we can cross that finishing line first but failing which we will endeavour to grow as a unit."

South Africa Women: Crizelda Brits (captain), Trisha Chetty (vice-captain), Shandre Fritz, Shabnim Ismail, Mignon du Preez, Kirstie Thomson, Melissa Smook, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Denisha Devnarain, Masabatta Klaas, Yolandi van der Westhuizen, Alison Hodgkinson, Sunette Loubser, Chloe Tyron

Tour Schedule

21 Oct 2011 1st ODI South Africa Women v England Women Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
23 Oct 2011 2nd ODI South Africa Women v England Women Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
25 Oct 2011 3rd ODI South Africa Women v England Women Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
27 Oct 2011 1st Twenty20 South Africa Women v England Women Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
29 Oct 2011 2nd Twenty20 South Africa Women v England Women Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
30 Oct 2011 3rd Twenty20 South Africa Women v England Women Senwes Park, Potchefstroom

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