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Du Preez roped in as van Niekerk's replacement at Vipers

by   •  Last updated on 2020-04-20 04:34:45

Mignon du Preez has replaced her current South African captain Dane van Niekerk in the Southern Vipers' squad for the upcoming Women's Cricket Super League in England, starting August 10.

Cricbuzz had reported last week that all-rounder van Niekerk pulled out of the second edition of the tournament due to a intra-muscular tear in her right thigh, shortly after South Africa bowed out of the 2017 Women's World Cup last month.

"I consider ourselves fortunate in that we have found such a talented and experienced player to replace Dane van Niekerk," said Vipers' General Manager Bob Parks. "She will certainly add value to our batting unit and comes with a high reputation as an excellent fielder."

Du Preez finished the ICC World Cup 2017 as South Africa's third-highest run-scorer with a tally of 229 in seven games. She averaged 57.25 and her best score was an unbeaten 76 in the semifinal loss to eventual winners England.

Defending champions Vipers, led by former English skipper Charlotte Edwards, open their campaign against last year's runners-up Western Storm on the opening day of the tournament.