Spin is in: Amanda-Jade Wellington back in the green and gold

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

Ringing Amanda-Jade Wellington was one of the few good phone calls Australian selector Shawn Flegler had to make to notify players of their successful selection in the ICC Women’s World Cup Squad for 2022.

The Adelaide Strikers star leg-spinner was notified of her selection by Shawn Flegler, Australian selector in one of the feel-good stories of the ICC Women’s World Cup so far.

Wellington hasn’t donned the green and gold since March 2018 but has thrilled for the Adelaide Strikers in the Women’s Big Bash League.

“She’s always been in our thinking, she’s a fantastic bowler,” Flegler said.

“That’s why we picked her in the first place, a few years ago” He continued.

“Amanda-Jade provides us with another quality spin option and has the potential to play an important role spinning the ball away from the bat,” He said.

Wellington averages nearly a wicket per game in the WBBL and has an enviable average of 132.92 with the bat. In the latest WBBL season, she starred with 22 wickets and made history with a 5/8 performance (including a hat-trick) to seal her Strikers a win in the Eliminator Final.

In the ongoing Australia A games against England A, she has collected six wickets across three T20 games.

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Wellington was selected alongside other viable spin options, Alana King, Jess Jonassen as well as all-rounders Ashleigh Gardner and Grace Harris.

“We’ve tried to cover a few bases there, we’ve got Ash (Gardner), JJ (Jess Jonassen), and now Grace (Harris) as our frontline spinners and we’ve got our two leg-spinners as well,” Flegler said.

Brisbane Heat star Grace Harris is recalled to the Australian squad after five years. (Photo: Brisbane Heat – Twitter)

Australian squad for ICC ODI World Cup

  • Meg Lanning (captain)
  • Darcie Brown
  • Nicola Carey
  • Ashleigh Gardner
  • Grace Harris
  • Rachael Haynes
  • Alyssa Healy
  • Jess Jonassen
  • Alana King
  • Tahlia McGrath
  • Beth Mooney
  • Ellyse Perry
  • Megan Schutt
  • Annabel Sutherland
  • Amanda-Jade Wellington

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