At the tender age of 12, du Preez showcased her remarkable cricketing abilities for the first time on the field. She made an unforgettable mark by smashing 258 runs in a 40-over game, boasting an astonishing strike rate of over 200. Her innings included 25 boundaries and 16 sixes. Soon after, she earned her spot in the international arena, making her ODI debut against Pakistan in early 2007, followed by her T20I debut later that year.
One of the most noteworthy moments in South African women’s ODI history occurred in August 2007 when du Preez and her partner, Logtenberg, set an extraordinary record with a partnership of 224* runs. This remarkable feat was particularly significant as it unfolded in only du Preez’s sixth ODI appearance.
In 2011, du Preez took on the role of captaincy, leading the team for five years. Her leadership steered South Africa to their first-ever Women’s World T20 semi-final in 2014. She also holds the distinction of being the leading run-scorer for South Africa in ODI cricket.
Beyond her international duties, du Preez has played a pivotal role in the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, amassing over 1000 runs for the club over four seasons.