Cricket Australia name squad for Women's Ashes tour games against England
Cricket Australia has named the squads for the tour games featuring England and Australia sides to give them a feel of the pink ball ahead of their inaugural day-night Test match to be played in Sydney.
The Cricket Australia XI will be seen in action between 3rd and 5th November at Blacktown International Sportspark facing England Women and will have Molly Strano leading the squad that has four players apiece from Victoria and New South Wales and two from Western Australia with Queensland and Tasmania having a player each.
Meanwhile, ACT Invitational XI will lock horns with Australian side and will have Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath and Belinda Vakarewa and South Africa duo Marizanne Kapp and Dane Van Niekerk present in it. The game will also begin on Friday and will be a three-day affair.
Cricket Australia National Selector Shawn Flegler believes the tour games will help the side acclimatise to the day-night Test that carries four points in the multi-format Ashes series between the two women's sides.
“The CA XI tour match is going to give some of the nation's emerging players the chance to test themselves against a world champion side in England.
“The depth within Australian cricket is at an all-time high and opportunities like this will ensure players continue to develop and have the continued opportunity to spend quality time out in the middle.
“Australia’s tour match is also going to be a tough fixture, with the ACT naming a quality side in what will a golden chance for a number of players to put their hand up for selection in the Test team.”
A total of three members from the Australian squad will represent ACT Invitational XI.
Cricket Australia XI: Sarah Aley NSW, Nicola Carey NSW, Piepa Cleary WA, Heather Graham WA, Delissa Kimmince QLD, Alana King VIC, Sophie Molineux VIC, Georgia Redmayne TAS, Lauren Smith NSW, Naomi Stalenberg NSW, Molly Strano (capt) VIC, Tayla Vlaeminck VIC
ACT Invitational XI squad: Samantha Bates, Nicole Goodwin, Hayley Jensen, Jess Jonassen, Marizanne Kapp, Erica Kershaw, Claire Koski, Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath, Erin Osborne (capt), Angela Reakes, Belinda Vakarewa, Dane Van Niekerk
Australia Women's squad: Kristen Beams VIC, Alex Blackwell NSW, Nicole Bolton WA, Lauren Cheatle NSW, Ashleigh Gardner SA, Rachael Haynes NSW, Alyssa Healy NSW, Jess Jonassen QLD, Tahlia McGrath SA, Beth Mooney QLD, Ellyse Perry NSW, Megan Schutt SA, Belinda Vakarewa NSW, Elyse Villani WA, Amanda-Jade Wellington SA
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