Chappell Replaces Jonassen In World Cup Squad
Australia's Jess Jonassen has been ruled out of the 2013 Women's World Cup after failing to sufficiently recover from knee surgery and has been replaced by uncapped Renee Chappell.
29-year-old Chappell, like Jonassen, is a finger spinner although she bats and bowls right-handed whereas Jonassen is left-handed.
Jonassen has played eight One-Day Internationals since making her debut in January 2012 and this was due to be her first World Cup, although she did play in Australia's successful defence of their ICC Women's World T20 in Sri Lanka.
In Western Australian Chappell, Australia have opted for experience to bolster their squad. She is a veteran of 74 one-day games, taking 80 wickets at 22.83 with a best of five for 81.
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Australia - World Cup winners in 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997 and 2005 - begin their campaign against Pakistan when the tournament gets underway on 31st January.
They then play South Africa on 3rd February and New Zealand two days later ahead of the Super Six stage, which they are expected to qualify for.
Australia World Cup squad: Jodie Fields (captain), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Jess Cameron, Renee Chappell, Sarah Coyte, Holly Ferling, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Meg Lanning, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Lisa Sthalekar, Elyse Villani
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