Thu, 21 Jan 2021

Proteas head coach Dorette Badenhorst named a 15-player squad that will face Malawi at this month's Challenge International Test series.

The Proteas, who are 5th in the world rankings, take on the sixth-ranked Malawi Queens in three Tests from 26-29 November at the Sun City Superbowl.

Earlier in the month, Badenhorst and assistant coach Dumisani Chauke worked with a pool of 30 players during a recently concluded three-day training camp in Sun City.

The coaching duo eventually whittled the team down to 15 players with some familiar names and youngsters in the mix.

"We have had to look at a group of players to choose from and our challenge was always balancing experience with new blood," said Badenhorst on Tuesday.

Badenhorst revealed that she picked her 15-player squad thinking ahead of 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town.

"The goal is 2023 so we needed to make sure that we pick the best for this series and also make sure that each player that is here will get a run so we can see what they can do," said Badenhorst.

"The mood in the camp is high and I think we pushed ourselves hard today at training."

The last time these two nations met in Cape Town last year, the Proteas emerged victorious winning the match 56-51.

The two have met 33 times and the Proteas winning 20 times, drew once and lost 12 times.

The first Test is set to get underway on Thursday at 19:00. All games will be broadcast live are on SuperSport Variety 4.

Proteas 15-player squad:

Sigrid Burger, Khanyisa Chawane, Izette Griesel, Rome Joubert, Kamogelo Maseko, Phumza Maweni, Tshina Mdau, Sikholiwe Mdletshe, Bongiwe Msomi (captain), Lenize Potgieter, Lefebre Rademan, Monique Reyneke, Nicola Smith, Shadine vd Merwe, Ine-Mari Venter

South Africa v Malawi fixtures:

Thursday, 26 November - 1st Test at 19:00

Friday, 27 November - 2nd Test at 19:00

Sunday, 29 November - 3rd Test at 13:00

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

Source: News24

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