Australia women have a good blend of youth and experience in the squad named for the series against neighbours White Ferns in March. In a bid to keep the pipeline of talent in and around the national team, there were a couple of maiden call-ups for quicks Darcie Brown and Hannah Darlington.
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Tayla Vlaemnick also made a return to the squad after missing the T20 World Cup at home with a serious injury. She and the new faces are among the several fast bowling options in the squad as Australia seek to experiment in New Zealand where the next women’s ODI World Cup is set to take place in 2022.
Darlington and Brown had excellent women’s Big Bash League seasons which played a part in their call-up. 19-year-old Darington was named as the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year recently. Brown’s express pace and outswing made her a delight to watch in the Adelaide Strikers setup in the WBBL this season.
The several quicks have an able bowling coach in Ryan Harris, former Australia men’s player.
“We’ve got an amazing team right now. It’s a strong team, we’ve been able to introduce some young players over the last couple of years in Annabel and Sophie and Georgia, Tahlia McGrath’s had a couple of games here and there as well,” national selector Shawn Flegler said. “But you’ve got to keep evolving as a team, you can’t sit still; the competition from around the world is going to keep getting stronger.
Australia Women’s ODI & T20I Squad
Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (VC), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck