Australia announce squads for Pakistan Series and ICC World T20 in West Indies

Meg Lanning to Captain Australia Women for Pakistan series and ICC World T20
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The National Selection Panel (NSP) has named a 14-player Australia squad to take on Pakistan in a three-match One-Day International Series in Malaysia later this month, as well as a 15-player squad that will compete at the  ICC World T20 in West Indies in November.

The World T20 squad will assemble in Malaysia following the conclusion of the ODI series, with three Twenty20’s scheduled against the same opposition before the team travels directly to the West Indies.

Opener Nicole Bolton and spinner Jess Jonassen are the only additions to the side that claimed a 3-0 T20I series whitewash against New Zealand on Friday.

One-Day International Series v Pakistan

Meg Lanning (c), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

ICC World T20 & T20I Series v Pakistan

Meg Lanning (c), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen *subject to fitness, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

Following selection of the squads, National Selector Shawn Flegler said:

“There’s only two players that come into the ODI and T20 sides that didn’t take part in the recent series against New Zealand, which is really pleasing as it means we have a stable playing group who are gelling really well.

“Nicole’s generally been considered a 50-over player but she’s put in a lot of work to improve her short-form game and its evident in her recent T20 form.

“Jess is recovering well from her knee injury and will join the squad in Malaysia, with the aim to have her playing in the two warm-up matches in the West Indies.

“The three ODIs are crucial in making sure we stay at the top of the ICC Women’s Championship table with an eye on the next 50-over World Cup, and a successful series will give the group great confidence heading to the West Indies.

“This is an exciting group of players who’ve played some very good cricket in the T20 format in particular, over the last six months, and with injection of some youth we believe this group has the right attributes to have a successful World Cup.”

 

One-Day International Series v Pakistan

18 October: Pakistan v Australia, Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur*

20 October: Pakistan v Australia, Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur*

22 October: Pakistan v Australia, Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur*

 

*ICC Women’s Championship matches

 

Twenty20 International Series v Pakistan

25 October: Pakistan v Australia, Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur

27 October: Pakistan v Australia, Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur

29 October: Pakistan v Australia, Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur

 

ICC World T20

Warm-up matches

3 November: England v Australia, Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

6 November: South Africa v Australia, Providence Stadium, Guyana

Pool Matches

9 November: Australia v Pakistan, Providence Stadium, Guyana

11 November: Australia v Ireland, Providence Stadium, Guyana

13 November: Australia v New Zealand, Providence Stadium, Guyana

17 November: India v Australia, Providence Stadium, Guyana

Finals

22 November: Semi Final 1, winner pool A v runner-up pool B, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound^

22 November: Semi-Final 2, runner-up pool A v winner pool B, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound^

24 November: Final, TBC v TBC, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound

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