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South East Stars have signed South African international Tazmin Brits for four Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy games in July.

Brits’ stint for the Stars will commence on July 2 against Northern Diamonds at Beckenham and end on July 22 versus Western Storm at the same venue.

Besides these two games, South East Stars fans will also get a chance to see the Proteas batter in two more games. One of them will be against Sunrisers at Beckenham on July 11 and the other will be away against The Blaze on July 15.

Brits will become the first overseas international player to represent the Stars.

The 32-year-old made her IT20 debut against Bangladesh in 2018 at Bloemfontein and her ODI debut in 2021 against Pakistan in Durban. Most recently, she represented South Africa against Australia at Cape Town in the final of the 2023 ICC T20 World Cup.

In her international career, Brits has represented the Proteas in 12 ODIs and 36 IT20s, crossing fifty on seven occasions in the latter format, with 70 not out against Pakistan in Pietermaritzburg being her highest score.

The South African was also the fifth-leading run-scorer in the 2023 ICC T20 World Cup, guiding her team into their first-ever World Cup final with a player-of-the-match performance against England in the semi-finals. Brits made 68 from 55 balls that day and grabbed four crucial catches.

Emma Calvert, Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Tazmin to our setup. She’s a seasoned international cricketer, who has consistently shown her abilities on the biggest of stages for South Africa.

“As we look to build on our encouraging start in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy, Tazmin will bring a wealth of experience as well as more depth and quality to our batting lineup.

“We are confident that she will prove to be a valuable addition to the Stars.”

Tazmin Brits said: “I am thrilled to join the South East Stars and am really looking forward to playing in English conditions for the first time in my cricket career.

“The Stars are an outstanding team, they have played impressive 50-over cricket, and I hope that I will be able to help the team in their aim to qualify for the finals.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Johann and his team of coaches as well as playing with and learning from the many talented players who represent the Stars.”