Cricket Australia have named a 14-member Australia Women's squad to play New Zealand and England in a summer programme of 11 matches.
They meet New Zealand at Seddon Park and Saxton Field in New Zealand for two Twenty20 Internationals in late December before they host England for three One-Day Internationals, five One-Day Internationals and the Ashes Test match in Sydney, which begins on 22nd January.
The first two Twenty20 Internationals, in Adelaide and Melbourne, on 12th and 14th January, precede the men's internationals.
“The only two changes from the squad that won the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies are Meg Lanning and Sarah Coyte coming in for Clea Smith who is unavailable due to work commitments and Elyse Villani who has been omitted," Christina Matthews, chair of selectors commented.
“Both Meg and Sarah have been performing well in domestic cricket and fully deserve their opportunity in the Australian team for the coming summer. Meg is a talented young top-order batter who has started the domestic season well and we look forward to seeing how she goes in national colours if the opportunity presents.
“Sarah is a young all-rounder on the rise who impressed last year in her first season for the Breakers and with the Australian Under-21 team. She bowls good medium pace and is also a very handy lower-order batter.
“Julie Hunter is recovering from a shoulder operation and has been selected pending fitness. Julie has recently started bowling again and has a round of WNCL and the approaching CA Women’s Cup competition to prepare herself for this tour with a decision on her progress to be made closer to the tour.
“Jodie Fields is continuing her rehabilitation from her hamstring injury and is progressing well, but will not begin playing until after Christmas and therefore could not be considered. Alex Blackwell will once again captain the team with Shelley Nitschke her vice-captain.
“It’s going to be a long, tough summer against very good opposition and we look forward to seeing how we match-up against them.
“We have a great rivalry against both New Zealand and England and they both have very good teams so it shapes as an exciting summer, finishing with the Ashes Test at Bankstown from 22-25 January. We are hopeful that the team can cap-off a good summer by reclaiming the Ashes once more.”
Australia Women's squad: Alex Blackwell (captain), Shelley Nitschke (vice-captain), Jessica Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Sarah Elliott, Rene Farrell, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Meg Lanning, Erin Osbourne, Ellyse Perry, Leah Poulton, Lisa Sthalekar
New Zealand v Australia
28th December: 1st T20I, Seddon Park
30th December: 2nd T20I, Saxton Field
Australia v England
5th January: 1st ODI, Perth
7th January: 2nd ODI, Perth
9th January: 3rd ODI, Perth
12th January: 1st T20I, Adelaide
14th January: 2nd T20I, Melbourne
16th January: 3rd T20I, Canberra
17th January: 4th T20I, Canberra
18th January: 5th T20I, Canberra
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