Australia Call Up Kristen Beams, Megan Schutt
Australia Women have called up leg-spinner Kristen Beams for the first time and recalled seamer Megan Schutt ahead of One-Day International and Twenty20 International series against Pakistan Women.
Beams takes her place in a 13-strong squad for the four ODIs while Schutt comes in to replace the injured Holly Ferling in both squads.
Schutt in place of Ferling is the only change to the squad that won the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh earlier this year.
Beams, who plays for Victoria, has earned her place in the ODI squad on the back of being the leading wicket-taker in last year's Women's National Cricket League, taking 14 wickets at an average of 13.21.
Australia and Pakistan play four ODIs - the first three of which count towards the new ICC Women's Championship and quailfication for the 2017 World Cup - and four T20s beginning on 21st August.
"This series against Pakistan will be a great challenge for our players and an opportunity to perform strongly in front of our home crowds which continue to support the development of the women’s game," Women's National Selection Panel chair Julie Savage said.
"It is also the first series we have contested that will count towards qualification for the next ICC Women’s World Cup.
"As the current title-holders, we are determined to ensure we qualify well for this event, so it is imperative our squad performs in this series and continues to play an exciting and entertaining style of cricket.
"In the One-Day International area, it's exciting for Australian cricket to have a leg-spinner included in the squad. Kristen Beams performed extremely well at domestic level last season and thoroughly deserves this opportunity.
"The T20 squad has a similar composition to the group that brought home the ICC World Twenty20 title from Bangladesh earlier this year. South Australian pace bowler Megan Schutt comes into the line-up to replace the injured Holly Ferling.
“Megan has been a consistent performer at domestic level for South Australia but hasn’t been able to cement a spot in the starting XI for the Southern Stars so she will be itching for an opportunity and that pressure for positions is encouraging."
Missing out from the 15-player squad that won the ICC World Twenty20 are Nicole Bolton and Beth Mooney.
Australia Women ODI squad: Meg Lanning (captain), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt
Australia Women T20I squad: Meg Lanning (captain), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani
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