ENG-W vs SA-W: Masabata Klaas, Delmi Tucker added to South Africa squad for remainder of ODI series

"The two players will serve as a backup in the departments we have a couple of niggles," said head coach Hilton Moreeng.

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South Africa have included Masabata Klaas and Delmi Tucker in their squad for the remaining two ODI matches against England. They lost the opening clash by five wickets at County Ground in Northampton on Monday. They scored  218 runs while batting first after an 88-run knock from all-rounder Chole Tryon. But the bowlers failed to defend the total as England easily chased down the target with five wickets and 17.5 overs remaining. South African head coach Hilton Moreeng said that a couple of players are suffering minor injuries after the match and the inclusion of Klass and Tucker will serve as a backup option.

Klaas missed South Africa’s six-match white-ball series against Ireland last month due to a shoulder injury. The experienced pacer also missed the only Test match against England. Tucker made her international debut last month, featuring in all three ODI matches against Ireland. She scored unbeaten 14 runs in the third match and took a wicket while conceding just six runs in three overs. Both Klaas and Tucker have joined the South Africa squad but are unlikely to be part of the second ODI match at County Ground in Bristol on Friday.

“Masabata Klaas and Delmi Tucker have now been recalled to the squad. The two players will serve as a backup in the departments we have a couple of niggles, which is normal during back-to-back tours. They are going to bring a lot of freshness into the squad and add a lot of value in their disciplines, so for us a squad we welcome them back and we are looking forward to the rest of the tour,” said Hilton Moreeng on official CSA website.

Updated South Africa Women’s ODI squad: Sune Luus (c), Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty (wk), Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta (wk), Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka, Suné Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Laura Wolvaardt.