Luus bowls her way to the top … Zim prepares for Pakistan clash

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Harare - South Africa national cricket team all-rounder Sune Luus wrote her own piece of history this past week as she became just the 10th woman to achieve a double of 1,000 ODI runs and 100 wickets in international cricket.

Sitting on 1,212 runs, Luus bagged a three-wicket haul in the final ODI against Pakistan on January 27 to take her to a century of dismissals in international cricket.

Former Australia cricketer Lisa Sthaleker scored 2,728 runs and took 146 wickets in her career to make her the most successful all-rounder in women’s cricket. She is followed by fast bowler Jhulan Goswami - who played in India's first-ever Twenty20 International in 2006 - with 1,076 runs and 225 wickets.

This past week, Luus three wickets helped South Africa complete a 3-0 clean sweep of Pakistan in their One-day International series.

From January 29, South Africa and Pakistan lock horns in a three-match T20 series, after which the Asians cross the Limpopo to take on Zimbabwe’s women in three ODIs and two T20s.

This will be the first time in about 18 months that Zimbabwe will be in action, with the series of matches against Pakistan running from February 11 to 20 in Harare.

The three ODI’s have been set for February 11, 13 and 15 while the two T20s will be played on February 18 and 20 respectively.

The matches will be played in a bio-secure bubble with no spectators.

Zimbabwe Cricket Spokesperson Darlington Majonga told The Southern Times Sport that, “Stringent protocols for the proposed tour are already in place, with the ZC COVID-19 Committee, which includes the organisation’s chief medical officer Dr Solomon Madzogo, meeting twice a week to ensure all is in place for a safe series.”

Zimbabwe and Pakistan will use the tour as part of their preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2021, a 10-team tournament in June and July.

The top three teams from that qualifying event progress to the 50-over ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 in New Zealand.

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