Australia announce squad for Women's Ashes
Australia have confirmed the squads for the Test and One-Day International legs of the upcoming Women's Ashes tournament against England that begins later this month.
Prolific run-scorer Meg Lanning will miss the multi-format Ashes series with a shoulder injury and Rachael Haynes will take over the reins.Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia McGrath have been handed a recall after missing the Women's World Cup and will also be among the six uncapped players named in the Test squad.
A total of 14 players has been named for the three One-Day Internationals and 15 for the solitary Test which will also be a day-night encounter in Sydney. The squad for the Test will be reduced to 13 following a three-day match against an ACT Invitational XI that will be played between 3rd and 5th November.
"This was a really tough selection process for the Panel with some talented players missing out, but we're confident we have selected a balanced side that has the potential to beat England and retain the Ashes," Shawn Flegler, the national selector, said on Tuesday.
"Of the 15 players selected across the weekend, eight posted scores of 50 or more for their domestic sides, including four centuries, whilst fast-bowlers Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia McGrath made successful returns from injury.
"It's important with the multi-format nature of this series to start well, and whilst the big prize is retaining the Ashes, this series presents a golden opportunity for the team to reinstate themselves as the number one ranked side in the world".
The three ODIs will be played between 22nd and 29th October while the solitary Test will kick-off from 9th November following which the teams will compete in a three match T20I series.
Australia ODI squad: Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (captain), Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Australia Test squad: Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (captain), Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Cricket Australia XI squad: Hayleigh Brennan, Nicola Carey, Piepa Cleary, Heather Graham, Alana King, Katie Mack, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Redmayne, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano (captain), Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck
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