Australia Name Twenty20 Ashes Squad
Australia Women have named a 12-player squad for the three Twenty20 Internationals that will end the multi-format Ashes contest with England later this month.
It shows very few changes from the One-Day International squad with Nicole Bolton and Rachael Haynes missing out as Alyssa Healy comes in.
Healy has been in action for the 'Shooting Stars' Under-21 side that took England on in a two-day tour game ahead of the Ashes Test in Perth, which begins on Friday 10th January.
The multi-format series comprises one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is, with a maximum of six points on offer in each format. The first team to 10 points will win The Ashes outright, although as the holders, England need nine to retain the title.
"The most recent Women’s Ashes held in England last August was decided during the T20 phase of the Series and, with the two teams so evenly matched, we expect a tough contest this time around," Cricket Australia's Chair of Selectors Julie Savage said.
"The selected squad play an exciting brand of T20 cricket. We think the Australian public will enjoy watching the stroke-play of Meg Lanning, Alex Blackwell and Elyse Villani, who have all had exceptional seasons in the domestic WT20 competition.
"Our batters will be well supported by the bowling of Ellyse Perry and Holly Ferling, whose pace is a genuine asset for the side.
"As the number one ranked team in T20's, we continue to believe that our squad is well suited to this form of the game."
Australia Women T20I squad: Jodie Fields (captain), Meg Lanning (vice-captain), Alex Blackwell, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani
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