Australia announced their squad for the upcoming series against India. The tour includes three ODIs and seven T20Is, which will be Tri-series including England just after the completion of ODIs. The three ODIs will be played from 12th to 18th March in Vadodara and the T20I Tri-series will be played from 22nd to 31st March in Mumbai.
The three ODIs will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship; while the T20I matches will be the biggest tournament for the players, as WorldCup T20 will be held later this year, and these matches will help prepare for the big event.
Talking about the ODI squad, Meg Lanning is named the captain for the side. It will be a daunting task for her, to captain and perform consistently as she was injured and missed out of the Ashes, WBBL and WNCL due to a shoulder surgery. Rachael Haynes is named the deputy to Lanning after Blackwell’s retirement. Regular hard hitters Elyse Villani, Ashleigh Gardener, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry are included in the squad. Bolton and Beth Mooney are named in the squad to make the batting line up strong. Fast bowling slots are packed with the likes of Perry, Megan Schutt, and Vakarewa.
The two new faces which are named in the 15 members squad are uncapped all-rounders Sophie Molineux and Nicola Carey. Both of them performed exceptionally well for the respective franchise in the recently concluded WBBL.
England will join Australia and India to play the T20 Tri-series. Almost all players who made the way into the ODI squad are named in the T20 squad as well. Delissa Kimmince and Naomi Stalenberg make their way in place of Wellington and Vakarewa. Talented all-rounder Tahlia McGrath ruled out due to an injury.
Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
Australia T20 squad:
Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
Australia tour of India schedule
Warm-up match v India A, BKC Ground, Mumbai, March 6
Warm-up match v India A, BKC Ground, Mumbai, March 8
First ODI Vadodara International Cricket Stadium, March 12, 9:00am
Third ODI Vadodara International Cricket Stadium, March 18, 9:00am
First T20I Australia v India, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, March 22, 7:00 pm.
Second T20I Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 23, 7:00 pm.
Third T20I India v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 25, 7:00 pm.
Fourth T20I Australia v India, Brabourne Stadium, March 26, 7:00 pm.
Fifth T20I Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 28, 7:00 pm.
Sixth T20I India v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 29, 7:00 pm.
Final Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, March 31, 7:00pm