24/04/2024

Stella Campbell has received her first national callup to play for Australia in the upcoming multi-format series against India. Image: cricket.com.au

The Australian Women's cricket team will get a view of their future pace attack when they meet India later this month in a multi-format series to kick off the biggest summer of cricket ever.

The Australian Women’s cricket team will get a view of their future pace attack when they meet India later this month in a multi-format series to kick off the “biggest summer of cricket ever”.

The bumper women’s cricket season including two big multi-format series, including a home Ashes series, the WBBL, a 50 over World Cup in New Zealand, and then finished off with the Commonwealth Games is set to give Australia’s best and most promising women’s cricketers more time in the sun than ever before.

Such is the fluidity of the current situation, Australia has named a strong 18 – player squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Series against India.

The squad however will be missing a great deal of bowling experience with seamers Megan Schutt and Belinda Vakarewa both requesting not to be considered for selection due to personal reasons for the upcoming series. Meanwhile, off-spinner Jess Jonassen has been ruled out with a bone stress injury in her tibia.

The absences have allowed for the inclusion of more young talent with South Australian speedster Darcie Brown retaining her spot in the national squad after an impressive debut series in New Zealand earlier in the year. Fellow traveler Hannah Darlington

Brown will be joined by Sydney Sixers teenager Stella Campbell who along with Queensland wicketkeeper-batter Georgia Redmayne has been called up to her first national squad.

New South Wales quick Maitlan Brown also re-joins the squad after an extended injury layoff following a hamstring injury sustained in last summer’s WBBL competition.

National selector Shaun Fegler told media on Wednesday that while it was disappointing to not have the experience of Schutt and Jonassen available, the series presented an exciting opportunity to a young pace attack to make their mark on the squad for now and for the years to come.

” It’s obviously disappointing with Megan and Belinda [Vakarewa] and also Jess Jonassen missing out on the squad, but it does provide opportunities,” Fegler said.

“Stella [Campbell] is certainly an exciting prospect. She’s come through the pathways since she was thirteen or fourteen. Her height and bounce and now her pace is something that is really exciting”

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“With Darcie and Tayla [Vlaeminck] as well, that’s three genuinely quick fast bowlers and then you throw in Maitlan [Brown] as well who has come back from a significant injury as well as Tahlia [McGrath], Annabel [Sutherland], and of course Elyse Perry, that’s not a bad attack… I think we’ve got a few bases covered there”

After prolific WBBL and WNCL campaigns last year, Georgia Redmayne has been rewarded with her first call-up to the national squad. The Queenslander who currently playing for the Welsh Fire in the Hundred competition in the UK has been growing and developing her game in recent years. Fegler said that she has done everything right and earned the opportunity to represent her country.

“Georgia’s really developed over the last couple of seasons,” he said

“Last year was a standout year for her, Getting 130 not out in a winning final team is a way to really knock off the season, that was outstanding to see.

“We’ve had good discussions with Georgia about how she was going to develop her game and increase her strike rate in particular and she’s certainly done that.

“Being a left hander, she bats in the top order which provides us with another option”

A wicketkeeper for her state as well, Fegler said Redmayne will benefit greatly from the time spent with the Australian team, regardless if she or any other young players selected make the final gameday eleven.

With Covid still providing plenty of issues and stumbling blocks and with the fluidity of border closures and lockdowns, Felger said that they have picked a significantly larger squad than usual. Redmayne’s inclusion in the squad provides an opportunity and look at what life after Alyssa Healy might look like for Australia with Georgia’s wicketkeeping prowess impressing selectors.

“We’re always looking at the future,” Fegler said

” Georgia’s got this opportunity now, she’s been working hard now, she’s been working hard with her keeping over the past few years.

“She’s got this chance now to work with Beth [Mooney] and Alyssa, obviously Beth is an outstanding keeper in her own right as well and Alyssa hasn’t said to me that she’s retiring in the next 12 months which is a good sign”

At this stage, the tour is scheduled to commence on September 19th with the One Day component of the series. Cricket Australia says they will continue to work through various border closures and quarantine issues as the series moves closer.

“Due to the current COVID challenges, Cricket Australia will continue to monitor the situation right across the country and will consider whether or not it needs to make any decisions regarding rescheduling or moving matches in due course,” a statement read.

CA is yet to confirm whether the multi-format series will be points-based with an overall winner, similar to the system currently used to determine the women’s Ashes and which was used during India’s recent tour of England.

CA have also yet to confirm whether the Decision Review System will be available for the series. While it is now available at women’s ICC events, it has never been used in a bilateral women’s series in Australia.

Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

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