Australia names Alana King without selection to women’s Ashes squad | Ashes of women

Legspinner Alana King is confident that she will be able to thrive in Test arena as well as white ball cricket after being included in Australia’s 15-player squad for the Ashes Women’s 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 international debut when the T20 Series opens 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 made 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 she 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.

King has no long-term cricket experience, but is supporting her skills to adapt to the format if she is called up for the Jan. 27-30 test match in Canberra.

“I have full confidence in my game,” King said on Wednesday. “They believe and I believe I can play in any game format. Whatever it is, I know I’ll be good to go as soon as I get a call.

“Saturday afternoon I got a phone call from the main selector [telling me I was in the squad]. It was probably the happiest day of my life.

Australia will be 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 .

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