Mooney Replaces Fields In WT20 Squad
Beth Mooney has been drafted in to Australia's squad for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh to replace wicket-keeper and former captain Jodie Fields.
Fields has endured a difficult season, suffering illness and injury including appendicitis and a broken finger.
She has withdrawn from the squad after informing Cricket Australia (CA) that she does not feel she has been able to prepare fully for the tournament, which Australia go into as the champions from both 2010 and 2012.
Mooney will replace her in the squad and Alex Blackwell will take over as vice-captain to Meg Lanning.
"Although it’s disappointing Jodie won’t be joining the team for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, we respect and support her decision to put the team first," Julie Savage,CA's Women's National Selection Panel chair said.
"Jodie made it clear that it was just for this tournament and she has every intention of making herself available for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in the future.
"Beth Mooney has been added to the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad that will depart for Bangladesh next month.
"Beth has had a very strong season with the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire, which culminated in their victory in the WT20 Final.
"She also travelled to Sri Lanka recently with the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars where she performed well with the bat and gloves against Sri Lanka A."
Wicket-keeper Mooney has played 48 Twenty20 matches, scoring 829 runs at a strike rate of 94.20, taking 11 catches and two stumpings.
Australia begin their defence when they play New Zealand on 23rd March before going on to play South Africa (25th March), Ireland (27th March) and Pakistan (29th March).
Australia ICC Women's World Twenty20 squad: Meg Lanning (captain), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani
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