The Australian Women’s Cricket Team is once again looking proudly blue, with six of the Lendlease Breakers named in the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes ODI and Test squads, announced today by Cricket Australia.

The NSW players set to face off against England in what is arguably cricket’s greatest test, alongside Australian captain Rachael Haynes and vice-captain Alex Blackwell, are Lauren Cheatle, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry and Belinda Vakarewa.

The squads were finalised after the opening round of the WNCL, which saw the Lendlease Breakers walk away with two wins, two bonus points and claim top spot on the competition log, after posting dominant performances with the bat and ball from Healy, Haynes, Blackwell and Perry.

Speaking on the selection of the ODI and Test squads, National Selector Shawn Flegler said, “This was a really tough selection process for the Panel with some talented players missing out, but we’re confident we have selected a balanced side that has the potential to beat England and retain the Ashes.”

“Of the 15 players selected across the weekend, eight posted scores of 50 or more for their domestic sides, including four centuries, whilst fast-bowlers Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia McGrath made successful returns from injury.

“It’s important with the multi-format nature of this series to start well, and whilst the big prize is retaining the Ashes, this series presents a golden opportunity for the team to reinstate themselves as the number one ranked side in the world.” 

 

Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes ODI Squad

  • Kristen Beams VIC                                 
  • Alex Blackwell (vc) NSW                        
  • Nicole Bolton WA                                  
  • Lauren Cheatle NSW                               
  • Ashleigh Gardner SA                           
  • Rachael Haynes (c) NSW                      
  • Alyssa Healy NSW                                    
  • Jess Jonassen QLD                                  
  • Tahlia McGrath SA                               
  • Beth Mooney QLD                                  
  • Ellyse Perry NSW                                      
  • Megan Schutt SA                                                     
  • Elyse Villani WA                                       
  • Amanda-Jade Wellington SA            

 

Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Test Squad

  • Kristen Beams VIC                                 
  • Alex Blackwell NSW                                 
  • Nicole Bolton WA                               
  • Lauren Cheatle NSW                             
  • Ashleigh Gardner SA                           
  • Rachael Haynes NSW                              
  • Alyssa Healy NSW                                    
  • Jess Jonassen QLD                                  
  • Tahlia McGrath SA                               
  • Beth Mooney QLD                                  
  • Ellyse Perry NSW                                      
  • Megan Schutt SA                                   
  • Belinda Vakarewa NSW                          
  • Elyse Villani WA                                  
  • Amanda-Jade Wellington SA 

 

Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes matches

One-Day Internationals

  • 22 October – Allan Border Field, Brisbane
  • 26 October – Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
  • 29 October – Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour

 

Day-Night Test

  • 9-12 November – North Sydney Oval, North Sydney

 

T20 Internationals

  • 17 November – North Sydney Oval, North Sydney
  • 19 November – Manuka Oval, Canberra
  • 21 November – Manuka Oval, Canberra