Alana King, the no-limits player from Western Australia, edged out Amanda-Jade Wellington for a spot on the Australian Ashes team in the absence of Georgia Wareham.
King was a key part of the Perth Scorchers WBBL title win earlier this season with 16 wickets 18.25 and an economy of 5.84. However, Wellington, who in her place will be with Australia A, can be considered unfortunate in topping the wicket taking table with 23 at 16:26, which included WBBL’s best return of 5 of 8 in the final of Eliminator.
Australia have needed to rejig their spin attack for the Ashes with Wareham sidelined for up to a year after suffering an ACL injury in the WBBL. Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux will also be absent with a stress fracture of her foot but the hope remains she will be available for the World Cup.
National selector Shawn Flegler explained that King was seen as a more like-for-like replacement for the role Wareham played but added that the Australia A players have all been put on notice that they could be needed a short notice short Covid hit the squad.
“[It was] definitely a tight decision,” he said. “We talked about this particular role for quite a bit of time. The things we look at is the role that we our legspinner to play in the different formats and we just felt that Alana probably plays that role a little bit better than what we think Amanda would.
“That’s not say Amanda couldn’t do that role. When we are putting the squad together we are looking at all the different match-ups, conditions and the role they have to play in the team itself.
“They are slightly different bowlers. Alana is probably a little bit quicker through the air and attacks the stumps a little more, Amanda is what you’d probably say is a genuine legspinner where she gives the ball a lot of air and spins it hard. She would play a different role if she played in the Australian team again.
“We’re not closing the door on Amanda. Alana gets the go-ahead this time and has a chance to cement a spot on the team. Alana’s numbers add up really well. She’s good on the field, provides a late-order hitting option. and he did very well in the WBBL. ”
The code names have made a comeback after missing the India series earlier in the season with Rachael Haynes, Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen available.
Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Georgia Redmayne and Molly Strano, who were part of the India team, will play Australia A in a simultaneous series against England A. Movement between the two teams will be difficult due to the strict biosecurity restrictions that the teams will have. Ashes. played low to protect players before the ODI World Cup.
The Australia A team also sees the return of Elyse Villani, in addition to the calls of talented young hitters Phoebe Litchfield and Georgia Voll. Also included is Katie Mack, who was prolific at the top of the Adelaide Strikers order. Redmayne will be the captain of the team.
“The ‘A’ side was selected with the future in mind, as well as ensuring that we have a number of players who can go directly to the Australian side and play a role if necessary,” Flegler said. “It’s great to see people like Elyse Villani and Grace Harris return to Australian colors, as well as Heather Graham, Erin Burns and Amanda-Jade Wellington, while Katie Mack had a really strong WBBL and has been in good shape for a while. . ”
Team Australia Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (capt), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck
Team Australia A Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Phoebe Litchfield, Katie Mack, Georgia Redmayne (captain), Courtney Sippel Molly Strano, Elyse Villani, Georgia Voll, Amanda- Jade wellington