The CRICKETher Weekly – Episode 96

This week, we’re asking questions:

  • Can South Africa win the World Cup without Dane van Niekerk?
  • Can Scotland triumph in the Commonwealth Games Qualifier?
  • Can England beat Australia (and Covid) in the Women’s Ashes?
  • And why the heck wasn’t Amanda-Jade Wellington included in Australia’s Ashes squad?

NEWS: Amanda-Jade Wellington Set To Be Omitted From Australia’s Ashes Squad

In a bizarre move, Cricket Australia are set to announce a squad for the forthcoming Women’s Ashes series which does not include Amanda-Jade Wellington, despite the leg-spinner finishing as the leading wicket-taker in the 2021/22 WBBL.

According to reports in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, Wellington has been edged out by Alana King, who has received her premier call-up to the national side. She will be included in the Australia A side which will be in action against the England A side during the main Ashes series, but there is unlikely to be a chance of “promotion” to the main side as the two squads are being kept separate for Covid biosecurity purposes.

Wellington last played for Australia in 2018 and since then has been consistently and inexplicably snubbed by the Australian selectors, despite consistently being a top performer in domestic and franchise cricket. She was the top-ranked bowler in our Women’s Hundred rankings and a key factor in Southern Brave’s progression to the final.

Other notable inclusions in the squad, which will be announced officially tomorrow, are Adelaide Strikers captain Tahlia McGrath, who enjoyed success in Australia’s recent series against India, and teenage pacer Darcie Brown.

The squad looks set to be as follows:

  • Meg Lanning (c)
  • Rachael Haynes
  • Darcie Brown
  • Nicola Carey
  • Alyssa Healy
  • Ashleigh Gardner
  • Jess Jonassen
  • Alana King
  • Tahlia McGrath
  • Beth Mooney
  • Ellyse Perry
  • Megan Schutt
  • Molly Strano Hannah Darlington*
  • Annabel Sutherland
  • Tayla Vlaeminck

[Amended 12 Jan 2022.]