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Uncapped Cheatle, Stalenberg in Australia squad

Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy
Australia meet India in the first T20I on Australia Day - 26th January
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Australia Women have included uncapped pair Lauren Cheatle and Naomi Stalenberg in their Twenty20 International squad to play India Women later this month.

Left-arm quick Cheatle, 17, and middle-order player Stalenberg, 21, have both been chosen for the T20 squad after impressing for New South Wales and Sydney Thunder in domestic cricket.

Australia will play three Twenty20 Internationals against India before three One-Day Internationals as part of the ICC Women's Championship, the qualification tournament for the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup.

The series follows the ground-breaking Women's Big Bash League, held for the first time this year.

While Cheatle and Stalenberg are included in the T20 squad only, Kristen Beams and Nicole Bolton take their places in the ODI squad.

"The T20 squad has been selected with an eye to the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in March and includes two new faces," Women's National Selection Panel Chairman of Selectors Shawn Flegler explained.

"We have chosen the Sydney Thunder’s Lauren Cheatle and Naomi Stalenberg, after some very impressive recent performances in the WBBL and WNCL.

"Cheatle is a 17-year-old left-arm quick who can swing the ball into right-handers and has shown great composure in her second and third spells during the WNCL.

"Naomi Stalenberg has been a real standout with her aggressive middle-order batting, displaying great power and a healthy strike rate."

Australia currently sit on top of the ICC Women's Championship table with eight wins and a defeat from nine matches while India are in seventh, with two wins from nine matches.

Australia Women ODI squad: Meg Lanning (captain), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt

Australia Women T20I squad: Meg Lanning (captain), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Lauren Cheatle, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg

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