The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has named a 13-player Test squad ahead of the first ever day-night Ashes Test match beginning on Thursday at North Sydney Oval as part of the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series.
Leg-spinner Kristen Beams and fast bowler Belinda Vakarewa have been omitted from the initial squad named last month and have returned home to continue training with their domestic sides.
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Test Squad
Alex Blackwell NSW
Nicole Bolton WA
Lauren Cheatle NSW
Ashleigh Gardner SA
Rachael Haynes NSW
Alyssa Healy NSW
Jess Jonassen QLD
Tahlia McGrath SA
Beth Mooney QLD
Ellyse Perry NSW
Megan Schutt SA
Elyse Villani WA
Amanda-Jade Wellington SA
Speaking on the selection of the Test squad, National Selector Shawn Flegler said:
“The Panel was really pleased with some of the performances that they saw across the weekend from both the Australian and Cricket Australia XI sides against strong opposition.”
“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.
“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 leads the series 4-2 on points after claiming two ODI wins compared to England’s one, 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
Fans can secure their tickets to the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes for just $10 for adults and $5 for concessions*, while kids can get in for free^. Each match of the series will also support a nominated charity or the local cricket community, with two dollars from each adult and concession ticket being donated. Details on how to buy tickets are available at www.cricket.com.au/tickets.
*At match price. $2.95 per transaction ticket agency fee applies to purchases elsewhere.
^ Kids 15 years and under at date of match. Kids will still need a valid match ticket. Book free kids’ tickets with yours.
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes matches
22 October – Allan Border Field, Brisbane Australia won by 2 wickets
26 October – Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour Australia won by 75 runs (DLS)
29 October – Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour England won by 20 runs (DLS)
9-12 November – North Sydney Oval, North Sydney
17 November – North Sydney Oval, North Sydney
19 November – Manuka Oval, Canberra
21 November – Manuka Oval, Canberra