Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad for Rose Bowl Series announced
The Cricket Australia Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP) has today named a 14-player squad to play New Zealand in the Rose Bowl Series from 10-23 February in Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.
The squad is:
Alex Blackwell NSW (c)
Shelley Nitschke SA (vc)
Sarah Andrews NSW
Jessica Cameron VIC
Lauren Ebsary WA
Sarah Elliott VIC
Rene Farrell WA
Rachael Haynes VIC
Alyssa Healy NSW
Julie Hunter VIC
Erin Osborne NSW
Ellyse Perry NSW
Leah Poulton NSW
Lisa Sthalekar NSW
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars captain Jodie Fields was unavailable for selection after she suffered a serious hamstring injury during Saturday night’s Women’s Twenty20 match between the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire and Western Fury at the Gabba.
WNSP Chair Christina Matthews said:
“Despite Karen Rolton’s recent retirement and Jodie’s unfortunate injury, the WNSP has selected a versatile squad which we feel is capable of retaining the Rose Bowl. The series is an important one for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars as we prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in April and May.
“Alex Blackwell will take over from Jodie as captain for the Rose Bowl Series and we expect she will form a strong leadership partnership with new vice-captain Shelley Nitschke.
“Jodie’s injury also provides a deserved opportunity for Alyssa Healy to make her international debut. Alyssa has been identified for higher honours for a number of years and now gets the chance display her wicket-keeping skills and attacking batting on the international stage.
“Julie Hunter has been a regular wicket-taker in both the Women’s National Cricket League and interstate Twenty20 competition this season for the VicSpirit and has emerged as an exciting new-ball prospect.
“Sarah Elliot returns to the national squad after missing selection last year. Sarah’s form throughout the course of the summer with bat and ball has been a driving force in VicSpirit’s continued success and she thoroughly deserves another chance to represent the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars.
Speaking on Karen Rolton’s retirement, Matthews said:
“Karen’s contribution to Australian women’s cricket over so many years was extraordinary. She’s undoubtedly one of the greatest players in the history of the game in both Test and one-day formats.”
“Her performances at international level were of a consistently high standard and the next generation of Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have now been set the challenge to try and match her achievements.”
Commenting on Jodie Fields’ injury, Cricket Australia’s Case and Rehabilitation Manager Kevin Simms said:
“Jodie Fields suffered a serious injury to her left hamstring while playing for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire on Saturday night.”
“A scan over weekend revealed she had suffered a serious tear that will require surgery. Jodie is likely to be out for an extended period and her date of return is unclear. Her return to cricket will depend on her recovery from surgery.”
About the Rose Bowl Series
In 2009-10, the Rose Bowl will feature five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are the current holders of the trophy after the most recent series between the teams in early 2009 finished 2-2 after the final clash was abandoned due to rain.
Following the Rose Bowl Series, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will travel to New Zealand for return matches against the White Ferns.
A Twenty20™ Series has been introduced to the Rose Bowl this season to help the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in May 2010 and to provide additional international matches for the team in the shortest form of the game.
In previous years, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have played single Twenty20™ matches before or after their one-day international series. However CA’s move to formalise the structure of Twenty20™ cricket played at an international level recognises its potential in promoting the women’s game and the growing number of matches being played around the world.
For the third year in a row, the women’s international season will be highlighted by a double-header Twenty20™ International fixture involving the Australian men’s and women’s teams. On Sunday 21 February at Bellerive Oval, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will play New Zealand in a women’s Twenty20™ International before the men’s KFC Twenty20 International between Australia and West Indies.
ROSE BOWL SERIES
Wed 10 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Adelaide Oval
Thu 11 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Adelaide Oval
Sun 14 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Albert Ground, Melbourne
Wed 17 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand St Kilda GC, Melbourne
Thu 18 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand St Kilda GC, Melbourne
*Sun 21 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Bellerive Oval
Mon 22 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Bellerive Oval
Tue 23 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Bellerive Oval
* Double-header fixture with men’s KFC Twenty20 International
Note: Dates current as at 20 January 2009. Cricket Australia reserves the right in its absolute discretion to change or amend the official 2009-10 women’s international program.
Twenty20™ is a trade mark of Cricket Australia
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