Australia’s Women’s National Selection Panel has named an unchanged 14-player squad for the side’s tour of India next month. The dates for the matches are yet to be finalised by the respective boards, but the tour is scheduled to run from the 6th to the 26th of March.
Commenting on the unchanged nature of the squad, WNSP chairwoman Julie Savage said, “Following the recent success of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars (also known as Australia Women) against New Zealand, the WNSP has chosen the same squad to contest the series against India in March.”
Reflecting on their triumph against the White Ferns, she added, “Winning the Rose Bowl 1-0 and the T20 series 4-1 was a good result with excellent performances from experienced all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar, who was the T20 player of the series. Equally outstanding was the performance of swing bowler Julie Hunter, in both formats, which culminated in her being awarded player of the Rose Bowl Series.
“The contributions from our players with significant experience and the confident performances from players who have played less international matches bode well for our squad ahead of the tour to India.
Looking ahead to the build-up to the Twenty20 World Cup in September, which runs alongside the men’s, she went on, “The performance of the entire squad during the series was generally pleasing, although the WNSP would expect to see some improved consistency particularly amongst the batting group during the Indian series as we continue to prepare for the defense of the ICC World Twenty20 title in September.
“India on their own turf should represent a significant challenge and we believe this squad displays the balance of skills and experience required to continue our recent series success.”
Australia Women squad in full: Jodie Fields (captain, wicket-keeper), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jessica Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Sharon Millanta, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Leah Poulton, Lisa Sthalekar.
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