Australia have announced their squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan from October 18 to 29 in Malaysia. The series comprises three ODIs and three T20Is. Three ODIs will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship (2017-2020). Three T20Is will help both the teams to prepare for the upcoming World T20 later this year.
Both the teams have played two ICC Women’s Championship series. Australia is currently at the 2nd position in the points table with 10 points. They won both the series against England and India by 2-1 and 3-0 respectively.
Three changes have been made in the ODI squad from their last series win over India earlier this year. Leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington and fast-bowler Belinda Vakarewa couldn’t make it to the squad along with Jess Jonassen; who was ruled out due to injury.
Wareham and Vlaeminck both found their places in the squad and they are on the verge of their ODI debuts. All-rounder Delissa Kimmince too has been recalled to the squad; who last played an ODI against Pakistan in 2014.
Nicole Bolton, who last played in T20Is in 2016, makes her return after some impressive performances in the Big Bash and the Super League. She amassed 482 runs in 16 matches for Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League 2017-18. She also scored 274 runs in 10 matches for Lancashire Thunder in the Super League.
While talking about Bolton’s selection, National Selector Shawn Flegler said, “There’s only two players that come into the ODI and T20 sides that didn’t take part in the recent series against New Zealand, which is really pleasing as it means we have a stable playing group who are gelling really well.”
“Nicole’s generally been considered a 50-over player but she’s put in a lot of work to improve her short-form game and its evident in her recent T20 form.”
Georgia Wareham, who recently played all the three matches against New Zealand, has retained her place in the T20I squad. Uncapped Tayla Vlaeminck too found her place in the squad. The team is hopeful about Jonassen too.
“Jess is recovering well from her knee injury and will join the squad in Malaysia, with the aim to have her playing in the two warm-up matches in the West Indies.” Shawn Flegler said.
While talking about the ODIs, National Selector Shawn Flegler said, “The three ODIs are crucial in making sure we stay at the top of the ICC Women’s Championship table with an eye on the next 50-over World Cup, and a successful series will give the group great confidence heading to the West Indies,”
Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (WK), Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (WK), Jess Jonassen (subject to fitness), Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham