Cricket: Proteas women captain steps down

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Mignon du Preez

Johannesburg, June 21

South Africa women’s team skipper Mignon du Preez has stepped down from the post in all formats in order to focus on her batting.

Reflecting on her decision, the 27-year-old admitted that she took this extremely difficult decision for her personal as well as the benefit of the team.

“Stepping down from the captaincy role will give me an opportunity to work on my own game, which has taken a downturn in the last couple of seasons. I believe I can make a better contribution by putting runs on the board, and offering support and advice to the next captain,” Du Preez was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk, who played 56 ODIs, 57 T20Is and a Test match for the country, will succeed Du Preez across all formats.

Du Preez had led South Africa in 46 ODIs, 50 T20Is and a Test match in her span of four years as a captain.



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