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Uncapped Graham, Burns named in Australia Women squad for West Indies tour

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All-rounders Heather Graham and Erin Burns are in line to make their first international appearances for Australia Women, after being included in a 14-member squad for the West Indies tour, which starts on 5 September.

Australia, who are No.1 in both the MRF Tyres ICC Women's ODI and T20I Team Rankings, will tour the West Indies for three one-day internationals, followed by as many Twenty20 Internationals. Graham and Burns had both played for Australia A in England last month.

The 23-year-old Graham, who plays for Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in the Women's Big Bash League, won the Domestic Player of the Year title at the Australian Cricket Awards in February this year.

A medium-pacer, she was the highest wicket-taker of the last WBBL season, claiming 22 wickets at 16.95. She shone with the bat in Australia's domestic 50-over tournament – the Women's National Cricket League – where she topped the scoring with 294 runs for Western Australia, at an average of 49, including one century and three half-centuries.

Burns, 31, too enjoyed a successful summer, finishing fourth on the bowling chart in the WNCL. She took 10 wickets, averaging 19.2 with her off-spin. In the WBBL, where she plays for the Sydney Sixers, she amassed 250 runs, striking them at 129.53.

Speaking on the duo's selection, national selector Shawn Flegler said: "We are really confident in the 14 players that have been chosen and are excited to be able to give both Heather and Erin the chance to tour with Australia for the first time."

Heather Graham was named Australia's Female Domestic Player of the Year 2019
Heather Graham was named Australia's Female Domestic Player of the Year 2019

The three notable omissions were those of Elyse Villani, Nicole Bolton and Sophie Molineux. Both Villani and Bolton have made themselves unavailable for the series, while Molineux will continue to rehabilitate from the shoulder injury she sustained earlier this year.

The contingent will depart for Antigua on Tuesday, 28 August, and play an intra-squad match before the start of the series. 

Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

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