Cricket Australia on Tuesday announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The Meg Lanning-led side is firm favourite to defend the title with leg-spinner Georgia Wareham coming in after a long injury-related layoff.
The 2023 edition of the T20 World Cup is slated to be held in South Africa from February 10 to 26.
“It’s always tough to narrow a squad down to just 15 players, but we’re confident we’ve picked a well-balanced side,” said national selector Shawn Flegler in an official statement.
“Seeing Meg and Georgia back in action for Victoria has been exciting. Both bring a wealth of experience to the group, which is always crucial during major tournaments.
“Georgia in particular, has had a tough run of injuries, but she’s shown a great deal of resilience and her return is a real boost for the side.”
Australia will begin their World Cup campaign on February 12 with the match against New Zealand. They will then face Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa in the group stage matches.
Before boarding a flight to South Africa for the marquee tournament, Lanning & Co. will play a T20I and ODI series against Pakistan at home.
Australia squad for the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup:
Meg Lanning (captain), Alyssa Healy (vice-captain), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham.