Cricket Australia has announced its Test and One Day International (ODI) squads for this year’s Women’s Ashes campaign.
The Southern Stars have named a preliminary squad of 15 players for November’s day-night Test at North Sydney Oval (November 9-12) and 14 for the three ODIs that precede it in October (October 22, 26 and 29).
Australia’s Test squad will be reduced to 13 players after a three-day match against an ACT Invitational XI from November 3-5.
The Australian team will be without their skipper Meg Lanning for the entire campaign after she succumbed to a shoulder complaint which troubled her throughout a doomed ICC World Cup campaign this year.
In her place, Rachael Haynes will step in to lead a power-packed outfit. Haynes was handed the captaincy reins twice during the World Cup.
The squad to play the three T20Is (November 17, 19, 21) will be announced after the third ODI.
Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell (v), Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (c), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington