Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen and opening batter Nicole Bolton were the only two additions as Australia named an ICC Women's World T20 2018 squad similar to the one that took on New Zealand recently.
Jonassen had missed out on the recent three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand, which Australia won 3-0, due to a knee injury she picked up during a training session. Jonassen will have the opportunity to test out her fitness in a three-match T20I series against Pakistan in late October, for which Australia have named a squad identical to the one for the World T20.
Bolton, who has so far represented Australia in 44 one-day internationals but only two T20Is, also received a call-up to the Meg Lanning-led 15-member outfit.
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In addition to Jonassen and Bolton, the 13 who played in the T20Is against New Zealand were retained in the squad, going to show stability in the ranks.
“There’s only two players that come into the ODI and T20 sides that didn’t take part in the recent series against New Zealand, which is really pleasing as it means we have a stable playing group who are gelling really well,” said National Selector Shawn Flegler.
“Nicole’s generally been considered a 50-over player but she’s put in a lot of work to improve her short-form game and its evident in her recent T20 form.
They're back! Nicole Bolton and Jess Jonassen return to the @SouthernStars side for the upcoming series' against Pakistan and the @WorldT20 in the West Indies https://t.co/KWNxZJXO2Cpic.twitter.com/zqyLQZz7qR— Cricket Australia (@CAComms) October 9, 2018
“Jess is recovering well from her knee injury and will join the squad in Malaysia, with the aim to have her playing in the two warm-up matches in the West Indies.
“This is an exciting group of players who’ve played some very good cricket in the T20 format in particular, over the last six months, and with injection of some youth we believe this group has the right attributes to have a successful World Cup.”
Australia also named a 14-member squad for the three ICC Women's Championship 2018 against Pakistan, with Jonassen kept out.
“The three ODIs are crucial in making sure we stay at the top of the ICC Women’s Championship table with an eye on the next 50-over World Cup, and a successful series will give the group great confidence heading to the West Indies," said Flegler.
T20I squad: Meg Lanning (c), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen (subject to fitness), Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
ODI squad: Meg Lanning (c), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
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