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Five uncapped players in Australia Women's Ashes Test squad

Australia will face England in a day-night Test for the first time
Australia will face England in a day-night Test for the first time
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Australia have named five uncapped players in a 13-man squad that will take on England in the only Test of the ongoing Women's Ashes series.

Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath and Amanda-Jade Wellington are all called-up for the day-night game that kicks-off at North Sydney Oval on Thursday while Leg-spinner Kristen Beams and fast bowler Belinda Vakarewa miss out on selection.

A win for Australia in the solitary Test will ensure they retain the Ashes series as they currently have a lead of 4-2 over England following victories in the first two One-Day Internationals earlier.

National selector Shawn Flegler stated that Beams and Vakarewa were unlucky to be omitted and emphasised the importance of having a balanced squad.

"Belinda showed promising signs with the ball and is definitely a player of the future, and whilst she would be disappointed, it's pleasing to see so many pace bowlers putting their hands up for selection," said Flegler.

"Kristen was also unlucky to miss out on selection, with the panel opting to go with just the one leg-spinner in the side.

"A win in this match could see Australia take an unassailable lead in the series and retain the Ashes, so it was important that the side was well-balanced and capable of taking 20 wickets".

Australia Women Test squad:

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

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