Wolvaardt is the new South Africa Interim Captain: Laura Wolvaardt, the opener, has been selected as the new South Africa Women’s Cricket Team Interim Captain. Laura will initially lead the team in the upcoming series against Pakistan and New Zealand. The news was announced by Cricket South Africa on Thursday.
Sune Luus had left her chair earlier as the South African captain after leading the team for almost two years. Since 2017, Lulus has led South Africa in 34 ODIs, 34 T20Is, and one Test as an interim captain. Even so, she was appointed captain in the absence of Dane van Niekerk.
The 24-year-old-year-oldt has been a part of the South African women’s team since 2016. She played in 1 Test, 80 ODIs, and 53 T20Is for the side. Now the board has decided to review her batting position after the curtain falls on the New Zealand Series.
South Africa hasn’t had a Full-Time Captain Since March 2023
Wolvaardt is the new South Africa Interim Captain: South Africa’s last permanent captain, Van Niekerk, retired from international cricket last March. Her decision was fueled by her failure to pass the fitness test, which eventually led to her exclusion from the World Cup squad. Since then, the board has been relying more on interim captains than a full-time leader for the team. But again, now that the board has decided to end the ‘interim captain games’, and is looking for a permanent solution, there are a number of senior players whose names are in the air for the position, including Niekerk herself, who may consider a comeback from retirement.
Wolvaardt is the new South Africa Interim Captain: Comments on the Decision
Wolvaardt is the new South Africa Interim Captain: After being appointed as the new interim captain of the team, Laura Wolvaardt expressed her views, saying that she is honored to have the responsibility to lead her home country in foreign competitions.
“It’s a massive honor to be offered this position as captain for the next two tours. It’s something that I have always aspired to do, having played in this team for a couple of years. Having more of a leadership role is something I’ve wanted to take on. It’ll help me as a cricketer and learning to think as a captain on the field will hopefully help my batting as well.
“I’m very excited to be able to contribute in another way too, and not just in batting. It still feels surreal at the moment, but it will all become more real when I meet up with the team in Pakistan.”
She said the experience that she gathered from playing international cricket and league games would positively help her tenure as captain of the team. As she has been with the team for a long time, her relationship with a lot of players in the squad would also help, according to her.
“What I can bring to the role is the experience that I have on the side. I’ve been playing international cricket since I was 16 years old; I know quite a lot of players in the circuit, and I’ve been playing in the leagues as well, so I’ve played a lot of cricket in recent years, and hopefully, I’m able to use that experience and the knowledge to my advantage when I captain the team.”
As Wolvaardt is the new South Africa Interim Captain, she also opined that she will keep her calm while being level-headed as a captain.
“I’d like to also think of myself as quite calm and level-headed, and that’s probably more of the approach that I try to take on the field as a captain. It is very new to me, but I am keen to learn and do everything that I can to do well in the position. I am lucky that I have a couple of senior players within the squad around me as well, who would be able to help me and guide me if I do need help along the way,” Wolvaardt added.
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