Cricket Australia’s Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP) has today announced a preliminary 30-player Australia squad to contest the ICC Women’s World Cup from 7-22 March this year.
The preliminary squad is:
Sarah Andrews NSW
Alex Blackwell NSW
Kate Blackwell NSW
Melissa Bulow QLD
Kris Britt SA
Jessica Cameron VIC
Renee Chappell WA
Leonie Coleman NSW
Lauren Ebsary WA
Sarah Edwards VIC
Rene Farrell WA
Jodie Fields QLD
Corinne Hall NSW
Rachel Haynes VIC
Alyssa Healy NSW
Jessica Jonassen QLD
Delissa Kimmince QLD
Shelley Nitschke SA
Erin Osborne NSW
Ellyse Perry NSW
Kirsten Pike QLD
Leah Poulton NSW
Karen Rolton SA
Emma Sampson SA
Clea Smith VIC
Lisa Sthalekar NSW
Selina Tainton QLD
Jo-Ann Verrall QLD
Elyse Villani VIC
Julie Woerner SA
Commenting on the preliminary squad, WNSP Chairperson Marg Jennings said:
“The WNSP was excited with the quality of players to choose from when selecting this 30-player squad. It will be trimmed to 15 later this month as we finalise our preparations for the defence of the ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia during March.”
“We have taken the opportunity to include several young players who have the potential to play international cricket for Australia.
“A number of them performed strongly against the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and India late last year and have continued their improvement in the early rounds of the Women’s National Cricket League.
“Selection in this year’s World Cup squad obviously holds extra significance with Australia hosting the event and the remaining weeks of the WNCL will be crucial for a number of players as they press for selection in the World Cup squad.
“The competition for places in the final squad of 15 will be extremely competitive given the strong performance of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars against India in October and November last year.
“With a Rose Bowl Series against New Zealand and a Women’s Twenty20 international at the SCG to come before the World Cup, we are confident that the team will be ready for the challenge of defending the World Cup on home soil.”
About the ICC Women’s World Cup
There are 57 days to go until the ICC Women’s World Cup. The tournament will be played from 7-22 March in Sydney, Newcastle, Bowral and Canberra.
The 25-match tournament features the top eight teams in women’s cricket with Australia the number one seed and defending champion.
Tickets to ICC Women’s World Cup matches start at just $5 and a tournament pass can get you into all matches for only $35. For further information on the ICC Women’s World Cup, visit www.cricket.com.au/wwctickets.
Women’s Twenty20 at the SCG
Cricket fans will be served a double dose of trans-Tasman rivalry on Sunday 15 February with the of a men’s and women’s Twenty20™ double-header at the SCG.
In a repeat of the concept successfully pioneered by Cricket Australia earlier this year in Melbourne, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will play New Zealand before the men’s KFC Twenty20 International between the same nations on Sunday 15 February.
The world’s first men’s and women’s Twenty20 International double-header was contested at the MCG in February this year when the Australian and English women’s teams played before Australia and India’s clash in a KFC Twenty20 International.
It will be the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ last official match before they defend their ICC Women’s World Cup crown in Sydney.
ICC Women’s World Cup Fixtures – Australia
Sun 8 Mar: Australia v New Zealand, North Sydney
Tue 10 Mar: Australia v South Africa, Newcastle
Thu 12 Mar: Australia v West Indies, Drummoyne
Super 6 *
Sat 14 Mar: Australia v India, North Sydney
Mon 16 Mar: Australia v Sri Lanka, Bankstown
Thu 19 Mar: Australia v England, North Sydney
Sat 21 Mar: 5th v 6th, Drummoyne (5th Place Playoff)
Sat 21 Mar: 3rd v 4th, Bankstown (3rd Place Playoff)
Sun 22 Mar: 1st v 2nd, North Sydney Ova;
* Providing Australia finishes in the top three teams in Group A
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