Australian women's teams's Megan Schutt, Jess Jonassen opt out of India series
Melbourne, Aug 18 (Cricket news) The Australian women's team's seasoned campaigners Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen have opted out of the upcoming multi-format home series against India due to various reasons.
The tour, starting September 19, involves three ODIs, three T20Is and one Day-Night Test.
While pace spearhead Schutt has requested the selectors to not consider her for selection due to personal reasons, spin bowling all-rounder Jonassen will miss the assignment after suffering a bone stress injury in her tibia. She is ranked world number in the ODIs.
Another notable absentee from the 18-member squad is Belinda Vakarewa, who is also skipping the series due to personal reasons.
The uncapped Maitlan Brown, who was part of the squad against New Zealand last year, has returned after a long layoff due to a hamstring injury.
Getting their first national call-ups are Stella Campbell and Georgia Redmayne.
The series is scheduled to begin with the ODIs on September 19 in Sydney (there is a possibility of a change in fixtures due to the ongoing coronavirus-enforced lockdown in New South Wales), followed by the lone Test at the WACA in Perth on September 30 and conclude with the T20Is in Sydney from October 7.
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"We're fully supportive of the requests from Belinda and Megan to not be considered for selection and will continue to work with them to ensure they have the appropriate support," national selector Shawn Flegler said.
"As leader of the bowling attack, Megan's absence will provide the opportunity for someone else to play the type of role she has so well over a lengthy period.
"Jess is another big loss and will be disappointed to miss out, but she's another one that's worked hard over the winter and with a long summer ahead, her focus will be to get herself right with a lot of cricket left in the season." Redmayne, who has been playing for Welsh Fire in the women's Hundred, has been rewarded for her prolific WNCL form for Queensland last season, where she scored 531 runs at 132.75 with two centuries.
She was also Brisbane Heat's leading run-scorer in the WBBL with 357 at 32.45.
Pacer Campbell, who plays for New South Wales and Sydney Sixers, joins a growing list of young quicks in the Australia set-up alongside Tayla Vlaeminck, Darcie Brown and Maitlan Brown.
She only managed three wickets at 70.66 in last season's WNCL but was the Sixers' joint second-leading wicket-taker in the WBBL with ten scalps.
Australia squad: Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, 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.
News source: PTI
Aus women's cricket team coach: We'll be vulnerable against emerging supergiants India
Sydney, Jul 3 (Cricket news) The lack of match practice ahead of the upcoming multi-format home series against "emerging supergiants" India will make the Australian women's team "vulnerable", according to head coach Matthew Mott.
The two sides are slated to play a full series, comprising three ODIs, as many T20Is, and an one-off Test, from September 19 to October 11 in Australia.
"(India) are an emerging supergiant in the game, they have a lot of great players and they will be tough opposition," Mott was quoted as saying by 'cricket.com.au' on Friday after signing a two-year extension that will see him remain with the side until after the 2023 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa.
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"They are playing over in England at the moment and, if anything, we'll be a bit vulnerable because we won't have had a lot of cricket. So that's at the forefront of our mind," he added.
The Indian team will head to Australia after playing a full series against England.
Five of India's top players, including Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur, will also feature in the inaugural season of The Hundred.
On the other hand, the home series against India will be Australia's first fixture since their tour of New Zealand in April.
Nine out of the 10 CA contracted players have also pulled out from The Hundred. Mott, who was set to coach Welsh Fire, has also withdrawn from the tournament.
"It would be great to get everyone back together face to face, have a really strong camp in Brisbane at the National Cricket Centre with fantastic new facilities out there, and just for some of the (players from) southern states to train outside in good weather.
"So fingers crossed the borders open up and we're free of COVID as much as we can be and we navigate around," Mott added.
News source: PTI