Legspinner Alana King is set to make her international debut for the Ashes Women after being included in Australia’s 15-player squad for the series.
Hosts will be boosted by the return of veteran trio Rachael Haynes, Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen to the series against England, which includes three Twenty20s, three ODIs and one Test.
King, who was part of the Perth Scorchers WBBL team this season, could make his debut at the opening of the T20 Series on January 20 at Adelaide Oval.
The injury-related absence of tweakers Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux left the selectors with a huge appeal to make.
Adelaide Strikers leg player Amanda-Jade Wellington, who won 22 league-best wickets at 15.72 in her team’s WBBL campaign, emerged as the favorite to fill the void.
But Wellington, who played an Ashes Test in 2017, has instead been selected for a 15-man Australian A team that will face England A in six whiteball games that straddle the Ashes.
“It has been a difficult selection process with so many players coming out of good WBBL tournaments, but we are confident that we have selected a balanced and complete squad with players who can play in all three formats,” said national coach Shawn Flegler. .
“Alana King … [has] a great opportunity to show what it can do at this level. Having improved in every facet of her game over the past few seasons, she is well placed to play a significant role in the series.
“While Georgia Redmayne, Stella Campbell, Maitlan Brown and Molly Strano missed the Indian Series due to a decrease in squad size, we know they will be able to lead the way with Team A and will be able to line up directly. to the side if the opportunity arises.
Australia are hoping Molineux will be fit in time for the ODI World Cup in New Zealand, which immediately follows the Ashes. Wareham will miss this tournament and the Commonwealth Games due to his knee injury.
Australia squad for Ashes: Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (captain), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck.
Australia Team A: Georgia Redmayne (captain), Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Phoebe Litchfield, Katie Mack, Courtney Sippel, Molly Strano, Elyse Villani, Georgia Voll, Amanda-Jade Wellington .