Familiar faces return as Australia unveils Women’s World Cup squad

Amanda-Jade Wellington is firmly back in the International frame after being named in Australia's World Cup squad for next month in New Zealand. Image: cricket.com.au

Australia has named their squad for the upcoming ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand with familiar faces returning to the squad named alongside stalwarts and young guns.

Australia’s World Cup squad of 15 contains the returning Amanda – Jade Wellington and Grace Harris who are in line to play their first one-day internationals since 2018 and 2016 respectively.

Breakout star Tahlia McGrath, New South Wales star Ash Gardner are also among the players selected, as are perennial stalwarts in Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, and Alyssa Healy are also included in the squad, as is the most recent green and gold debutant Alana King.

Meg Lanning will once again lead the side as they look to win back the only piece of silverware missing from their trophy cabinet.

Australia’s bowling stocks have been decimated by injury with Victorian trio Georgia Wareham (ACL) Sophie Molineux (left foot) and more recently Tayla Vlaeminck (right foot) all unavailable to aid their country’s push for a seventh title.

Molineux was hopeful of being fit for the ICC event after being ruled out the Ashes with a stress fracture in her left foot, with an eye to the showpiece event but has not recovered in time to be considered for selection.

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National Selector Shawn Flegler expressed his disappointment that some of his stars were unable to take the field due to matters beyond their control but called their replacement to action to plug the gaps.

“Sophie Molineux, unfortunately, misses out due to injury; she was unlikely to be available until the backend of the tournament, and with limited match time and having to complete ten days managed isolation, it was a tough call, but we weren’t prepared to take the risk.
 
“It’s incredibly disappointing for Tayla to miss out as well. We’re really disappointed for her after injuring her foot again and will continue to work with her as she recovers.  

“Some seriously good players have missed out, but we’ve been able to include them as standby players should injury or COVID come into play.

Wellington – the second leg-spinner in the group alongside Alana King – and off-spin bowling allrounder Harris are the two inclusions to the current group contesting the Ashes.

“Amanda-Jade provides us with another quality spin option … leg-spin has been a big part of our success in recent years and while Alana King is currently doing that role for us, there’s no reason we couldn’t play both in the same team if conditions and match-ups suit,” national selector Shawn Flegler said.

“Grace didn’t get much of a go in the recent T20s, but she brings the versatility to bat anywhere in the top or middle-order and her bowling could also be a real asset throughout the tournament as we’ve seen orthodox spinners have a lot of success in New Zealand.

Hannah Darlington and Georgia Redmayne will both travel across the Tasman as traveling reserve players.

“Hannah and Georgia will travel with the squad and can play a variety of roles if required. Hannah impressed during the India series, while Georgia continues to impress with the bat and importantly offers a backup ‘keeping option.
 
“Our group of stand-by players are able to replace anyone in the squad up to the day we depart Australia on 10 February and so we’ve looked at all skill sets to make sure we can cover anything that might happen between now and then.”

Elyse Villani, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Molly Strano, and Heather Graham, all currently with Australia’s Women’s Ashes squad, are all on standby should the squad be hampered by injury.

Australia’s Women’s World Cup starts with a duel against England on the 5th of March in Hamilton, with all matches live and free on Kayo Sports.

Australia Women’s World Cup Squad

Darcie Brown (SA/Northern Districts CC)
Nic Carey (TAS/North Hobart CC)
Ash Gardner (NSW/Bankstown CC)
Grace Harris (QLD/Western Suburbs CC)
Rachael Haynes (VC) (NSW/Sydney CC)
Alyssa Healy (NSW/Sydney CC)
Jess Jonassen (QLD/Valleys District CC)
Alana King (WA/Midland Guildford CC)
Meg Lanning (C) (VIC/Box Hill CC)
Tahlia McGrath (SA/Glenelg CC)
Beth Mooney (QLD/Sandgate-Redcliffe CC)
Ellyse Perry (VIC/Dandenong CC)
Megan Schutt (SA/Sturt CC)
Annabel Sutherland (VIC/Prahan CC)
Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA, West Torrens CC)

Australia World Cup Fixtures
  
5 March, 12pm, Australia v England, Seddon Park, Hamilton           
8 March, 12pm, Australia v Pakistan, Bay Oval, Tauranga
13 March, 9am, New Zealand v Australia, Basin Reserve, Wellington
15 March, 9am, Australia v West Indies, Basin Reserve, Wellington
19 March, 12pm, India v Australia, Eden Park, Auckland
22 March, 9am, South Africa v Australia, Basin Reserve, Wellington
25 March, 9am, Bangladesh v Australia, Basin Reserve, Wellington

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Oliver is an aspiring commentator and budding journalist originally from Blackburn. After leaving England in 2013, he started commentating for Mornington in Victoria’s Men’s State League 1 South East in 2019, before progressing to NPL Victoria commentary in 2021. In March 2021, Oliver commenced VFL commentary with RPPFM, covering Frankston matches. Alongside his work with The Inner Sanctum, Oliver also covers football at Kick360.

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