Aussies reshape squad for T20s
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.”