Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes T20 INTL squad announced
November 14, 2017
The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has named a 13-player T20 INTL squad ahead of the final three matches of the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series.
Australia and England will contest the three T20 INTLs and with Australia leading the series 6-4 on points, it needs to claim just one win to secure the Ashes, while the visitors will need to win all three matches to regain the Ashes.
Sarah Aley, Delissa Kimmince and Molly Strano have been added to the side that drew the day-night Test against England on Sunday, while Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia McGrath have been left out of the squad.
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes T20 INTL Squad
Sarah Aley, NSW
Alex Blackwell, NSW
Ashleigh Gardner, SA
Rachael Haynes, NSW (c)
Alyssa Healy, NSW
Jess Jonassen, QLD
Delissa Kimmince, QLD
Beth Mooney, QLD
Ellyse Perry, NSW
Megan Schutt, SA
Molly Strano, VIC
Elyse Villani, WA
Amanda-Jade Wellington, SA
Speaking on the selection of the T20 INTL squad, National Selector Shawn Flegler said:
“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.
"Lauren has been ruled out with a back injury, she underwent scans yesterday and we are awaiting the results for more detail.
“It’s great to see Delissa back in the side having last played for Australia in 2014, she’s a very handy bowler who will also add extra depth to the middle order.
“Molly was impressive with her off-spin bowling during Australia’s T20 series against New Zealand earlier this year, while Sarah will be hoping to make her T20 debut after being handed her one-day cap during the 50-over World Cup this year.
“All three have been strong performers in WBBL who we are confident can come into the side and get the job done against England in what is going to be three entertaining T20 matches.”
Australia leads the series 6-4 on points after claiming four points from its two ODI wins and two from the drawn Test match, with the Ashes awarded to the team that accumulates the most points across the multi-format series. Teams are awarded two points awarded for each ODI and T20 INTL win, while a Test win is worth four points.