Australia is eyeing to retain the 2017 ASHES in the upcoming multi-format series, which features 3 ODI’s, one day-night test and 3 T20’s.
Australian all-rounder and a key player Ellyse Perry said, “Having that clear idea of how to adapt and be resilient in those kinds of situations (Chamari Atapattu (178) and Harmanpreet Kaur (171) both scoring big centuries against Australia) is something we lacked a bit in the World Cup and certainly something we’ve talked about and really tried to rectify going into the Ashes.”
Australian batter and wicketkeeper Healy says, “They’re (Haynes and Lanning) probably pretty similar captaincy styles in they’re both very serious. Rach has just taken on the role with ease and has great respect from the group.”
The Cricket Australia board is confident about the selected team, and national selector Shawn Flegler in a statement says, “This was a really tough selection process for the Panel with some talented players missing out, but we’re confident we have selected a balanced side that has the potential to beat England and retain the Ashes,”
2 fast bowlers McGrath and Cheatle got selected in the 15 member Test squad.
Of the 15 players selected, eight posted scores of 50 or more for their domestic sides, including four centuries, which really boosts up the confidence among the players. Even Haynes, the new captain of the Australian team, scored a century in the WNCL.(women’s national cricket league)
Mooney, Wellington, and Gardener are the 3 uncapped players that have made it to the Test squad.
The much awaited Ashes series will get kick-started on October 22nd.
The Day-night Test is scheduled for November 9-12 and the three ODIs will happen in October (22, 26 and 29). They are also planning for three Twenty20s (November 17, 19, 21) which will be announced after the third ODI.
15 member squad for Australian ODI and Test :
Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (captain), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington