Aussies re­shape squad for T20s

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIA, need­ing just one win to re­tain the Women’s Ashes, have re­freshed their squad for the series-de­cid­ing T20 clashes with Eng­land.

Sarah Aley, Delissa Kim­mince and Molly Strano have been added to the side that drew the day-night Test against Eng­land, re­plac­ing opener Ni­cole Bolton, fast bowler Lau­ren Chea­tle and all­rounder Tahlia McGrath.

Na­tional selec­tor Shawn Fle­gler says Aley, Kim­mince and Strano add not just fresh legs but also valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence at in­ter­na­tional level.

“It’s been a long tour for some of the younger play­ers,” said Fle­gler.

“We have been re­ally pleased with the way Tahlia has played . . . we think she will be an im­por­tant mem­ber of the side. Lau­ren has been ruled out with a back in­jury.”

Fle­gler was en­thu­si­as­tic about what the new­com­ers had to of­fer.

“It’s great to see Delissa back in the side hav­ing last played for Aus­tralia in 2014. She’s a very handy bowler who will also add ex­tra depth to the mid­dle or­der.

“Molly was im­pres­sive with her off-spin bowl­ing dur­ing Aus­tralia’s T20 series against New Zealand ... while Sarah will be hop­ing to make her T20 de­but af­ter be­ing handed her one-day cap dur­ing the 50over World Cup this year.

“All three have been strong per­form­ers in WBBL who we are con­fi­dent can come into the side and get the job done against Eng­land in ... three en­ter­tain­ing T20 matches.”

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