Teen star, bolter in Aussie squad shake-up for India tour

Teenage batter Phoebe Litchfield, ex-Eire fast Kim Garth and all-rounder Heather Graham are all in line to make Australian T20I debuts on subsequent month’s five-match tour of India after bolting into the 15-player touring get together.

Alyssa Healy will captain Australia for the primary time all through the sequence in Mumbai, as Meg Lanning continues her break from the sport, whereas Tahlia McGrath will function her deputy.

The tour serves as essential preparation for the T20 World Cup subsequent February in South Africa, and Australia have made three modifications to the group that received Commonwealth Video games gold on their most up-to-date worldwide project in August.

The brand new trio replaces Lanning, retired vice-captain Rachael Haynes and leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington.


Australian T20I squad: Alyssa Healy (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland


Prodigiously proficient left-hander Litchfield has been on the radar of nationwide selectors since making her WBBL debut aged 16 in 2019; the now 19-year-old has earned her first spot in a senior nationwide squad after producing her de ella finest WBBL marketing campaign up to now for Sydney Thunder, hitting 280 runs together with two fifties.

Garth, in the meantime, might make a global debut for a second nation.

The tempo bowler represented Eire on 85 events after making her debut aged 14 in 2010, earlier than shifting to Australia in 2020 to take up a Victorian contract and pursue life as an expert cricketer.

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The 26-year-old obtained everlasting residency earlier this 12 months, and final performed for Eire in 2019, and the three-year hole in worldwide cricket fulfills the ICC’s eligibility necessities to change international locations and put on Australian gold.

Hurricanes and Tasmanian pace-bowling allrounder Graham has performed one ODI for Australia in 2019 however was a touring reserve throughout the one-day World Cup in New Zealand earlier this 12 months.

She was additionally a short addition to the T20 aspect that toured Eire in July when Jess Jonassen was a late arrival resulting from COVID.

Healy’s elevation to captain for the tour comes after she was appointed vice-captain following Haynes’ retirement from worldwide cricket in September, whereas McGrath has been given an opportunity to construct on her management abilities after two seasons in command of the Adelaide Strikers.

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Whereas there are spots in Australia’s batting line-up out there to switch Lanning and Haynes, who have been sometimes named at No.3 and No.5 respectively, the nationwide aspect is anticipated to fill these positions with gamers who’re already common squad members.

McGrath and the in-form Ashleigh Gardner might each be promoted up the order, whereas Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland, who have been a part of the Commonwealth Video games squad with out enjoying a sport, made sturdy instances for recollects with wonderful WBBL campaigns.

Meaning different in-form bats together with Brisbane Warmth opener Georgia Redmayne and Sydney Sixers’ Erin Burns, each named within the official Weber WBBL|08 group of the match, have been missed.

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A concentrate on tempo bowling and the continued good type of fellow leggie Alana King seems to have pushed Wellington out of the squad regardless of one other sometimes impactful WBBL season.

The 25-year-old earned a global recall earlier this 12 months for the ODI World Cup, the place she performed two matches, and whereas she was a part of the Commonwealth Video games squad, she has not featured in an Australian T20I XI since their final tour of India in 2018.

“It is pleasing to have been capable of reward Phoebe, Kim and Heather for sturdy type all through the WBBL and hopefully they get the possibility to point out what they’ll do at some stage throughout the sequence,” Australia’s Head of Efficiency and Nationwide Selector, Shawn Flegler stated.

“We have had a watch on Phoebe for some time and he or she’s actually taken her sport to the following stage this summer season … she’s made her mark on the prime of the order for the Sydney Thunder and we’re trying ahead to seeing what she will do in Australian colors.

“Kim’s one other who’s been in our considering, she’s had a few sturdy seasons with the ball and provides further depth to our tempo bowling shares.

“Heather hasn’t had many alternatives to interrupt into the aspect, however she’s toiled away with each bat and ball in home cricket (and) provides depth to the center order.”

Leg-spinner Georgia Wareham (knee) and quick bowler Tayla Vlaeminck (foot), who each maintain Cricket Australia contracts, stay on the restoration path, with the previous anticipated to make a comeback to both membership or state cricket early subsequent 12 months.

Two-time T20 World Cup winner Sophie Molineux’s hopes of a global recall have been dashed earlier this month when she ruptured her ACL enjoying for Melbourne Renegades.

The Australian squad will depart for India on December 4, forward of the primary match on December 9 (12.30am AEDT December 10).

All 5 matches will probably be broadcast stay on Fox Cricket by way of Foxtel and Kayo.

The tour of India will probably be adopted by a house sequence in opposition to Pakistan in January that includes three ODIs and three T20I earlier than Australia journey to South Africa for his or her T20 World Cup defence.

Australia’s T20I tour of India

December 9, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai (Dec 10, 12.30am AEDT)

December 11, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai (Dec 12, 12.30am AEDT)

December 14, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai (Dec 15, 12.30am AEDT)

December 17, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai (Dec 18, 12.30am AEDT)

December 20, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai (Dec 21, 12.30am AEDT)

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