Australia women’s cricket team announce squad for the upcoming India tour
Australia will play one test match three T20Is against India starting from January.
Cricket Australia announced a 16-members women squad for the upcoming Indian tour. Australia women’s team will play one test match, three one-day internationals, and three T20Is in January. The entire tour will be played across two different venues in Mumbai. Wankhede Stadium will host the test match and ODI games, while DY Patil Stadium will host three T20I games in the series. Australia will be playing their first series after Meg Lanning’s retirement.
Australian women’s skipper Meg Lanning announced her retirement from international cricket five days ago. Cricket Australia did not announce their new captain yet, and they will be taking a call on that matter before the tour commences next month. Australian women’s team will also be playing warm-up games against local team before they head on to take on Indian women’s team. A warm-up match will be played later in December.
Lauren Cheatle named in squad
New South Wales star Lauren Cheatle will make a comeback after a four-years gap in international cricket. Left-arm pacer Lauren Cheatle has done magnificent job in the Women’s Big Bash League for Sydney Sixers and picked up 19 wickets in 10 games. Her economy rate also looks impressive, and in most of the games she has conceded below 30 runs. Lauren Cheatle has found her place for the only test against Indian women’s team.
Cricket Australia’s head of cricket (women’s cricket) and national selector Shawn Flegler said that Cheatle has overcome a significant injury phase and deserves her place in the team. Flegler added, “Lauren has playing experience in India and provides another fast-bowling option, particularly in regard to the Test match, which is the format she has been selected for.” Lauren Cheatle has been running in a good rhythm for the past six months.
Australian wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy injured her finger recently due to a dog bite, but she has also been named in the squad as the management is expecting her to be fully fit for Indian tour. Flegler informed, “Alyssa Healy’s finger is healing but remains in a splint, and our medical team is continuing to monitor her recovery closely. We’re obviously very hopeful she will be available for the test. The test will begin on December 21 at Wankhede.
Australia’s Test and T20I squad
Darcie Brown, Lauren Cheatle (Test only), Heather Graham, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Grace Harris (T20I only), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham