The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has today named a 14-player One-Day International and 15-player Test squad for the multi-format Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series which will take place between 22 October and 21 November.
A Cricket Australia XI (CAXI) to face England in two 50-over tour matches has also been named.
Sydney Thunder captain Alex Blackwell and Australian captain Rachael Haynes have been named in both squads while Belienda Vakarawa a member of Thunder’s WBBL01 and WBBL02 squads is named in the Test match squad.
Former Thunder Assistant Coach Leah Poulton who is now the Cricket Australia Female High Performance Coach will be involved in the Cricket Australia XI that sees four Thunder players from the past two seasons included.
“To have a CAXI include in this series is really exciting,” said Poulton.
“It’s a great chance for the players who have been selected to test themselves against the number one team in the world.”
“Whilst they weren’t considered for selection due to their involvement in Australia’s 50-over tour matches, there’s some exciting young talent coming out of Queensland as well which is great to see.
“Opportunities like this ensure we continue to develop the players capable of representing Australia in the future and adding to the depth of talent in Australian cricket.”
The first match of the series to be played in Brisbane is already sold out, with Australia and England to battle it out across three One-Day Internationals, an inaugural Ashes Day-Night Test match and three Twenty20 Internationals.
Tickets are available here.
Women’s Ashes tour matches
16 October – Australia v Queensland Fire, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
16 October – England v Cricket Australia XI, Brisbane (tbc)
18 October – Australia v Queensland Fire, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
18 October – England v Cricket Australia XI, Brisbane (tbc)
Three-day day-night matches
3-5 November, Australia v ACT Invitational XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra
3-5 November, England v Cricket Australia XI, Blacktown International Sportspark, Blacktown
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes matches
22 October – Allan Border Field, Brisbane
26 October – Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
29 October – Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
9-12 November – North Sydney Oval, North Sydney
17 November – North Sydney Oval, North Sydney
19 November – Manuka Oval, Canberra
21 November – Manuka Oval, Canberra
Familiar Faces In Australian Squads
Ashes ODI Squad: Alex Blackwell and Rachael Haynes
Ashes Test Squad: Alex Blackwell, Rachael Haynes and Belinda Vakaerwa
Cricket Australia XI: Nicola Carey, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman and Belinda Vakarewa