TELFORD VICE in London
THREE South Africans walk into a dressingroom … That’s not a joke — it’s how many members of Dane van Niekerk’s squad have been named in the International Cricket Council’s team of the 2017 World Cup.
Van Niekerk herself was among them, along with Marizanne Kapp and Laura Wolvaardt.
England, who beat India by nine runs in a white-knuckle final at Lord’s on Sunday, have four players in the side and another on the bench. Three Indians were named.
Leg spinner Van Niekerk was the tournament’s leading bowler with 15 scalps at an average of 10.00, an economy rate of 3.46 and a strike rate of 17.3.
Fast bowler Kapp was second to Van Niekerk among the leading wicket-takers with 13.
Opening batter Wolvaardt, who turned 18 in April, scored 324 runs at an average of 64.80.
South Africa played exciting cricket and gained legions of supporters among neutrals. They won four of their seven matches and lost two, and reached the semi-finals — where they went down to England by two wickets in a nail-biter.
There was less to celebrate in the other South Africa dressingroom in England, which will be without JP Duminy for the rest of the test series.
Duminy was dropped for the second test at Trent Bridge, which South Africa won by 340 runs to level the series.
Team management said on Monday he would return home before the third test at The Oval, which starts on Thursday.
That might spell the end of Duminy’s test career, in which he has played 46 matches and scored 2103 runs at 32.85 with six centuries.
His last 15 completed test innings have yielded only one century.
ICC team of the 2017 World Cup: Tamsin Beaumont (England), Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa), Mithali Raj (captain, India), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Sarah Taylor (England), Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Deepti Sharma (India), Marizanne Kapp (South Africa), Dane van Niekerk (South Africa), Anya Shrubsole (England), Alex Hartley (England). 12th: Natalie Sciver (England).