Injured South African skipper, Dane van Niekerk has had to be replaced by batter Mignon du Preez for the Southern Vipers this Kia Super League. India and Surrey Star’s Harmanpreet Kaur who was recently ruled out due to her World Cup shoulder injury has been replaced by South Africa’s opener Lizelle Lee.
Scoring 229 runs with an average of 57.25, Du Preez was South Africa’s third highest run-scorer during the World Cup. On the other hand, van Niekerk scored 99 runs in seven games and was also leading wicket taker with 15 wickets at an average of 10.
Southern Vipers general manager Bob Parks felt fortunate that they managed to find a “talented and experienced player to replace Dane van Niekerk.”
He believed she would add value to their batting unit, plus she also “comes with a high reputation as an excellent fielder.”
Lee comes into the Kia Super League with a World Cup average of 44.83 after scoring 269 with her highest score being 92 runs. She will have quite a responsibility as she replaces Harmanpreet Kaur who had an average was 59.83, but we do have to remember that Lee did hit 12 sixes, the most by any player during the World Cup.
The Surrey Stars coach is excited to “welcome such a dynamic player in [their] squad”.
He went on to say “Although it’s sad that Harmanpreet will be unable to join up with us, to be able to replace her with a player of undoubted international class at such short notice is very pleasing indeed and we’re all excited to see Lizelle lining up in a Surrey shirt.”
The opening game will be played by the Charlotte Edwards-led Southern Vipers against the Western Storm on August 10, whereas the Surrey Stars will face the Yorkshire Diamonds in their first game on 13th August at the Oval. This game will be televised live on Sky Sports.