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Farrell Returns As Australia Name Ashes Squads

Rene Farrell
Rene Farrell returns to international cricket for the first time since 2011
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Australia have named their Test and One-Day International squads to take on England in the multi-format Women's Ashes contest in January.

They have handed a recall to experienced quick bowler Rene Farrell ahead of the Test in Perth which begins on 13th January and the three ODIs.

Farrell took a hat-trick in the 2011 Ashes Test but has not played international cricket since, earning a recall on the back of strong form in domestic cricket.

The Test squad includes the 11 players that drew with England at Wormsley earlier in the year as well as Farrell, in-form batter Elyse Villani and uncapped Western Australia captain Nicole Bolton.

England regained The Women's Ashes on home soil earlier in the year when the new multi-format series, comprising one Test, three ODIs and three Twenty20 Intenationals, was introduced.

Six points are available for a Test match win and two points apiece for a limited overs win or a draw in the Test. A tied or abandoned limited overs game would see both sides claim one point.

"Rene is having a terrific season with the ball for the ACT Meteors, punctuated with damaging batting cameos. Her international experience will be an asset to the team," Women's National Selection Panel Chair Julie Savage said.

"WA Fury captain Nicole Bolton has been selected in the squad after enjoying a very consistent and successful domestic season with the bat," Savage added.

"This is a very skilled squad and we are confident they will perform well on the WACA surface against what will be a very strong and determined English side."

The squad for the ODIs shows just one further change with spinner Jess Jonassen replacing Sarah Elliott.

"As we saw in the Women’s Ashes Series in August, which was the first under the new multi-format system, good performance in the ODI component is critical to ultimate success in the Series," Savage said.

"Our ODI squad has the ability to successfully exploit the conditions that will be encountered at the MCG and at Blundstone Arena as the team works to regain the Women’s Ashes trophy."

Australia will name their Twenty20 International squad at a later date but have confirmed that Meg Lanning has replaced Alex Blackwell as national vice-captain.

"Australian Cricket has developed a leadership program to ensure we are best placed to meet our leadership needs in the future," Savage said.

"The WNSP has chosen to implement one of the stages in our leadership progression plan at this point in time. This involves the elevation of Meg Lanning to the Vice-Captain's role and the establishment of other leadership roles within our squads."

Meanwhile, Alyssa Healy will captain a Shooting Stars squad to take on England in a two-day game on 6th and 7th January at the Floreat Oval in Perth.

Australia Women Test squad: Jodie Fields (captain), Meg Lanning (vice-captain), Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Sarah Elliott, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Rachael Haynes, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani

Australia Women ODI squad: Jodie Fields (captain), Meg Lanning (vice-captain), Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Rachael Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani

Shooting Stars squad: Alyssa Healy (captain), Kristen Beams, Lauren Ebsary, Katelyn Fryett, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Chloe Piparo Angela Reakes plus two others

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