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Australia Women calls up Osborne, Beams

Defending Women’s World T20 champion, which will open campaign against South Africa, shores up spin resources

09 February 2016 13:05

Australia Women calls up Osborne, Beams - Cricket News
Having missed out on the three-match Twenty20 International series at home against India Women, Elyse Villani, Erin Osborne and Kristen Beams have been included in the Australia Women squad for the ICC Women’s World T20 in India next month.

Naomi Stalenberg, who made her T20I debut in the 1-2 loss to India, has been excluded from the squad as Australia retained 12 players, who were a part of the squad for the India series.

Osborne, the off-spinner, and Beams, the leggie, will boost Australia’s spin resources in deference to the conditions, while Villani provides an additional batting option.

Led by Meg Lanning, the same squad will play three T20Is in New Zealand from February 28 in the lead-up to the marquee tournament in India.

Shawn Flegler, the chairman of Australia’s women’s national selection panel, said of the team, “We believe this group contains a good mix of youth and experience that will give us the best chance of contesting the ICC World T20 title.

“We’ve got a number of options covered with our bowling attack as well as several batters who can produce the attacking game-style we want to play. The players have had a solid build up to the tournament with strong competition against India in our recent home series, as well as the first season of the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) which not only included Australia’s leading players, but some excellent cricketers from overseas.

“That preparation, plus a short series against New Zealand later this month, should prepare the team well for a tough pool group at the World Twenty20. We know that we’ll need to be at the top of our game to overcome the other talented teams in the competition.

“It’s an exciting time for the entire squad, but in particular Beth Mooney and Lauren Cheatle, who made their international debuts just a few weeks ago. Beth showed positive signs at the top of the order while Lauren impressed with the ball. This will be another great opportunity for these young players.

“Naomi Stalenberg misses out after making her T20I debut for Australia this summer, but she is an exciting prospect and we will continue to monitor her development closely.”

Australia, the three-time defending champion, has been placed in Group A at the World T20, and will open its campaign against South Africa in Nagpur on March 18. Its other group games are against New Zealand (Nagpur, Mar 21), Sri Lanka (New Delhi, March 24) and Ireland (New Delhi, March 26).

The squad: Meg Lanning (capt), Alex Blackwell (vice-capt), Kristen Beams, Lauren Cheatle, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.