Three NSW Breakers have been included in a 14-player squad for the Australia A Tour to India from 12 to 27 October.
Aggressive batter Naomi Stalenberg and promising fast bowlers Lauren Cheatle and Belinda Vakarewa are the NSW representatives.
All three have previously represented Australia, with Stalenberg playing a Twenty20 match against India in 2016.
Cheatle played One-Day and T20 internationals over the past two years despite long layoffs with illness and injury over the past two seasons, while Vakarewa was a member of last year’s World Cup squad.
The Australia A squad will play three 50-over matches and three Twenty20s against India A in Mumbai with the first match on 15 October. The team is currently in Brisbane for a pre-tour camp and will depart for Mumbai on Friday.
This is the first official women’s Australia A tour following a restructure of the National Talent Pathway last year, with Australia sending an under-19 side overseas for the first time in April. The defunct Shooting Stars, Australia’s under-23 team, was previously the only underage national team for women.
The Cricket Australia High Performance Coach, former NSW stalwart Leah Poulton, is also the Australia A Head Coach.
“We’ve assembled a really exciting and talented group of players who have been presented with a wonderful opportunity to continue to develop their skills against a quality opposition in what will be challenging sub-continent conditions,” Poulton said.
Australia A Tour to India
Samantha Bates (ACT)
Maitlan Brown (ACT)
Lauren Cheatle (NSW)
Piepa Cleary (WA)
Josephine Dooley (QLD)
Heather Graham (WA)
Sammy Jo Johnson (QLD)
Tahlia McGrath (SA)
Chloe Piparo (WA)
Georgia Redmayne (TAS)
Naomi Stalenberg (NSW)
Molly Strano (VIC)
Belinda Vakarewa (NSW)
Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA)
Australia A Tour to India Fixture
15 October: 1st 50-over match, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
17 October: 2nd 50-over match, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
19 October: 3rd 50-over match, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
22 October: 1st T20, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
24 October: 2nd T20, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
26 October: 3rd T20, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai