Lauren Cheatle to miss T20I leg of Women's Ashes with back injury

Nicole Bolton has been left out of the squad
Nicole Bolton has been left out of the squad

Australia will miss the services of quick bowler Lauren Cheatle for the Twenty20 International leg of Women's Ashes series against England following a back injury.

Australia will need to win just one out of the three T20Is to retain the Ashes following their 2-1 series win in the One-Day Internationals and a drawn day-night Test in Sydney.

Sarah Aley, Delissa Kimmince and Molly Strano have been added to the squad while Tahlia McGrath and Nicole Bolton have been left out from the side that featured in the four-day Test.

Australia's national selector Shawn Flegler stressed the importance to keep the players fresh considering the intensity of the games.

"Lauren (Cheatle) has been ruled out with a back injury, she underwent scans yesterday and we are awaiting the results for more detail," said Flegler.

"It's been a long tour for some of the younger players, so the selectors have opted to add some fresh legs to the side, all of which have previous experience at international level.

"We have been really pleased with the way Tahlia has played in the series and as she continues to develop her T20 skills we think she will be an important member of the side."

The three-match series will be played between 17th and 21st November with Sydney and Canberra being the venues.

Australia Women T20I squad:

Sarah Aley, Alex Blackwell, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (captain), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington

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