There were no real surprises in today’s announcement of the Southern Stars squad to face England in this summer’s Women’s Ashes.
The squad is similar to that which faced England in the last series in Australia in 2014, with key threats being the powerful batting of captain Meg Lanning (recently named Wisden‘s Leading Female Cricketer in the World), and the all-round talents of Ellyse Perry.
Vice-captain Alex Blackwell and off-spinner Erin Osborne will go into the series with the advantage of having already experienced English conditions in their recent appearances for Berkshire (Blackwell) and Sussex (Osborne).
Holly Ferling, returning to the squad after a back injury which ruled her out for most of last season, will be a useful bolster to the Stars’ pace attack.
Meanwhile Victorian leg-spinner Kristen Beams will be eyeing up a place in the Test match, having made her international debut against Pakistan last August.
All-rounder Delissa Kimmince, who made her debut against New Zealand in 2008 and returned to international cricket in last year’s World Twenty20, is another notable addition to the squad for the T20 leg of the tour.
The series begins on 21 July at Taunton with the first of three ODIs.
- Meg Lanning (Captain)
- Alex Blackwell (Vice-Captain)
- Kristen Beams
- Nicole Bolton (Test + ODI)
- Jess Cameron
- Sarah Coyte
- Rene Farrell
- Holly Ferling
- Alyssa Healy
- Jess Jonassen
- Delissa Kimmince (T20)
- Erin Osborne
- Ellyse Perry
- Megan Schutt
- Elyse Villani