Cricket Australia (CA) has has named a 13-woman squad for the Rose Bowl series against New Zealand Women which takes place next month in Sydney.
Ahead of the series of four matches, the Women's National Selection Panel (WNSP) has also named a 30-strong preliminary 2013 World Cup squad.
"The WNSP have selected a very strong squad to contest the Rose Bowl Series against New Zealand," selection panel chair Julie Savage said.
"The Rose Bowl represents an excellent opportunity for the players to gain some international 50-over competition experience ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup in India to be held in February."
"The Rose Bowl Series, in conjunction with the recently conducted Emerging Players Series that the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars won 3-0 against New Zealand Emerging Players, will inform selection for the final squad of 15 to contest the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013.
"Pace bowler Sharon Millanta re-joins the squad as Julie Hunter is unavailable for the series as she completes her recovery from a foot injury.
"Our batting line-up, in particular, is in rich form, with Meg Lanning, Alex Blackwell and Jess Cameron all scoring centuries in the WNCL in the last few weeks, including Meg's record-breaking 175 against the ACT Meteors at Manuka; we look forward to seeing that great form continue against New Zealand."
Australia Women's Rose Bowl squad: Jodie Fields (captain), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Sharon Millanta, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Leah Poulton, Lisa Sthalekar
Rose Bowl Schedule
12th December: 1st ODI, Sydney Cricket Ground
14th December: 2nd ODI, North Sydney Oval
17th December: 3rd ODI, North Sydney Oval
19th December: 4th ODI, North Sydney Oval
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Commenting on the World Cup squad, Savage added: "The preliminary squad of 30 players gives the WNSP plenty of options to select a powerful squad of 15 to contest the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 in India."
"Australia is currently ranked second in the 50-over format and will need to perform extremely well to win the event.
"We have seen some very good recent performances from some players in this squad while playing for the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars against New Zealand Emerging Players and look forward to seeing similar feats from the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in the upcoming Rose Bowl Series. Those two series, coupled with the WNCL will give the WNSP the best indication on which players will form the final squad of 15 for the ICC Women's World Cup 2013."
Australia Womens' preliminary World Cup squad: Jemma Barsby, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Erin Burns, Jess Cameron, Nicola Carey, Renee Chappell, Sarah Coyte, Lauren Ebsary, Sarah Elliott, Holly Ferling, Jodie Fields, Grace Harris, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Emma Inglis, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Sharon Millanta, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Angela Reakes, Megan Schutt, Lisa Sthalekar, Gemma Triscari, Ellyse Villani
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