Van Niekerk broke her ankle after slipping and falling at her new home in Gqberha in January, which ruled her out of the ODI World Cup, but returned to training in May. She has not regained full fitness yet and last played competitive cricket at the WBBL in November 2021.
Tucker, who made her debut against Ireland, joined the squad for their ongoing ODI series against England, which forms part of the ICC Women’s Championship. She was joined by Klaas, who has not played since injuring her shoulder at the fifty-over World Cup in March. Klaas will complete a full-strength pace attack, headlined by Kapp and Shabnim Ismail, along with Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune and Nadine de Klerk.
Women’s cricket will make its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this month. South Africa are grouped with New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka, with two teams from each group progressing to the semi-finals.