Cricket Australia has announced the 15-member women’s squad that will take part in the T20I tri-series in Ireland and Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The squad is the same as the one that featured in the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, which Australia went on to win.
While the tri-series will be played from July 16 to July 24, Commonwealth Games, also a T20 tournament, will happen between July 29 and August 7. Shelley Nitschke will be the coach for both competitions.
Squad: Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Australia have announced their 15 member squad for the historic Commonwealth Games at Birmingham later this year 😍
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) May 20, 2022
Meg Lanning: The captain of Australia is a right-handed top-order batter. She has featured in 115 T20Is and has scored 3007 runs. She is the only Australian to go past 3000 runs in women’s T20Is. She also has 14 half-centuries and two centuries in the shortest format.
Rachael Haynes: The vice-captain of the Australian team is a left-handed batter and an electric fielder. She can open the batting as well as bat in the middle order. She has featured in 75 T20Is and has muscled 793 runs in 52 innings, including three half-centuries.
Darcie Brown: The right arm speedster is a good swing bowler and has a lethal bouncer in her repertoire. She can open the bowling and can bowl well inside the powerplay. In her relatively new international career, she has played just the two T20Is and picked up a solitary wicket.
Nicola Carey: She is a bowling all-rounder, who is a right-arm pacer and a left-handed batter. She has featured in 23 T20Is for Australia since her international debut in 2018. She has accounted for 15 wickets in 21 innings, including the best of 3-15. With the bat, she averages 27 in 11 innings.
Ashleigh Gardner: She is a batting all-rounder. Known for her attacking batting style, she is a hard hitter of a cricket ball. Apart from her powerful batting, she is more than a handy right-arm-off spinner. She can open the bowling as well as bowl in the middle overs. She has played 51 T20Is for Australia, scored 815 runs and picked up 27 wickets.
Grace Harris: She is a right-handed batter and a right arm off spinner. Recently she hit the headlines with her hat-trick in the Fairbreak tournament. She made her international debut in 2015 and since then featured in 13 T20Is for Australia. She has 120 runs and six wickets to her name in this format.
Alyssa Healy: This swashbuckling right handed opening batter and wicket-keeper is one of the devastating batters in the world of women’s cricket. With 123 ODIs under her belt, she has a bounty of experience in her kitty. She has hammered 2136 runs at a strike rate of 130. She has a dozen half centuries and one century in her account. Behind the stumps she is one of the safest houses, accounting for 96 T20I dismissals, which is the highest in women’s cricket.
Jess Jonassen: The left arm spinner will be the leader of the Australian spin attack. She has featured in 87 T20Is and scalped 74 wickets, including one five-wicket haul and one four-wicket haul. She can open the bowling as well as bowl in the middle overs.
Alana King: The wily leg spinner had made her mark at the international level in a short span of time. She made her international debut in all three formats in 2022 and has been going from strength to strength. She has played a couple of T20Is for Australia and accounted for one scalp.
Tahlia McGrath: The young all-rounder will be a player to watch out for. She is a right handed batter and a right arm seamer. Her abilities to contribute with both bat and ball make her a valuable asset. She has played five T20Is, scored 177 runs, including the best of 91 not out and picked up three wickets in as many innings.
Beth Mooney: The left handed batter is a flexible fit as she can open the batting as well as play the role of a finisher. She has been playing international cricket since 2016 and since then has been a regular member of the squad. She has played 61 T20Is and mustered 1649 runs, including two centuries and 11 half centuries.
Ellyse Perry: The star Australian all-rounder is one of the all time greats in Australian women’s cricket. This right arm seamer is the most successful T20I bowler of Australia with 115 wickets in 119 innings. Apart from this, she is a solid right handed middle order batter and has registered 1253 runs in 76 innings, including four half centuries.
Megan Schutt: The pace spearhead will lead the Australian fast bowling attack. She is an experienced new-ball bowler and can swing the ball well. She has been around at the international level since 2012 and has featured in 75 T20Is, accounting for 96 wickets.
Annabel Sutherland: The Australian all-rounder is a right-arm seamer and a right-handed batter. She made her international debut in 2020 and since then played seven T20Is. She has the best score of 22 not out and has claimed three wickets in five innings.
Amanda-Jade Wellington: She is a right-arm leg spinner, who made her international debut in 2016. She has been a part of eight T20Is and has bagged 10 wickets, including the best of 4-16. She is an economical bowler, who bowls at an economy rate of just over five and a half runs per over.
I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.