Three changes freshen up women's Ashes squad
AUSTRALIA, needing just one win to retain the Women's Ashes, have refreshed their squad for the series-deciding T20 clashes with England.
Sarah Aley, Delissa Kimmince and Molly Strano have been added to the side that drew the day-night Test, replacing opener Nicole Bolton, fast bowler Lauren Cheatle and all-rounder Tahlia McGrath.
Selector Shawn Flegler said Aley, Kimmince and Strano did not just add fresh legs, but valuable experience at international level.
"It's been a long tour for some of the younger players,” Flegler said.
"We have been really pleased with the way Tahlia has played in the series and as she continues to develop her T20 skills we think she will be an important member of the side.
"Lauren has been ruled out with a back injury. She underwent scans yesterday and we are awaiting the results for more detail.”
Flegler was enthusiastic about what the newcomers have to offer.
"It's great to see Delissa back in the side having last played for Australia in 2014,” he said.
"She's a very handy bowler who will also add extra depth to the middle order.
"Molly was impressive with her off-spin bowling during Australia's T20 series against New Zealand earlier this year, while Sarah will be hoping to make her T20 debut after being handed her one-day cap during the 50-over World Cup this year.
"All three have been strong performers in WBBL who we are confident can come into the side and get the job done against England in what is going to be three entertaining T20 matches.”
The squad: Sarah Aley (NSW), Alex Blackwell (NSW), Ashleigh Gardner (SA), Rachael Haynes (C, NSW), Alyssa Healy (NSW), Jess Jonassen (Qld), Delissa Kimmince (Qld), Beth Mooney (Qld), Ellyse Perry (NSW), Megan Schutt (SA), Molly Strano (Vic), Elyse Villani (WA), Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA).
The T20I schedule: November 17, North Sydney Oval. November 19 and 21, Manuka Oval, Canberra.