Five New South Wales Breakers have been selected in a 13-player Australian squad for the three-match Commonwealth Bank Women’s T20 International Series against New Zealand starting on September 29 at North Sydney Oval.

The five players are Breakers captain Alyssa Healy, prolific run-scorer Rachael Haynes, and allrounders Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner and Nicola Carey.

Haynes has been named as vice-captain of the team after she successfully led Australia to retain the Women’s Ashes last summer in the absence of injured captain Meg Lanning.

The first match of the series at North Sydney Oval will be broadcast live on free-to-air television, courtesy of the Seven Network, straight after the AFL Grand Final.

Four Breakers have also been selected in a Women’s Cricket Australia XI to play Australia and New Zealand in two T20 practice matches on 27 September.

These players are fast bowlers Lauren Cheatle and Belinda Vakarewa, allrounder Naomi Stalenberg and prodigious teenage talent, Rachel Trenaman.

Cheatle, Vakarewa and Trenaman were also named as part of the 2018 Women’s National Performance Squad in April.

Haynes will head into the series in terrific form after a successful campaign in the England Women's T20 Super League during July and August.

The accomplished left-hand batter scored 324 runs at the excellent average of 46.28 for Loughborough Lightning.

Haynes hit three half-centuries during the tournament including a highest score of 66 not out in a player of the match performance against Western Storm.

Likewise, Healy has found form in the Breakers trial matches during August.

The 28-year-old wicketkeeper, batter smashed an amazing 154 from 116 balls against South Australia in one of those practice matches against South Australia in Maroochydore.

The world class skills of Healy behind the stumps will also be vital for Australia during the upcoming T20 series. She claimed nine dismissals from seven matches played across the three formats – Test, One-Day International and T20 fixtures – during the Ashes in November.

Australian Women’s squad for T20 International series against New Zealand in September/October.

Nicola Carey

New South Wales

Sydney Thunder

Ashleigh Gardner

New South Wales

Sydney Sixers

Rachael Haynes (vc)

New South Wales

Sydney Thunder

Alyssa Healy

New South Wales

Sydney Sixers

Delissa Kimmince

Queensland

Brisbane Heat

Meg Lanning (c)

Victoria

Perth Scorchers

Sophie Molineux

Victoria

Melbourne Renegades

Beth Mooney

Queensland

Brisbane Heat

Ellyse Perry

New South Wales

Sydney Sixers

Megan Schutt

South Australia

Adelaide Strikers

Elyse Villani

Victoria

Perth Scorchers

Tayla Vlaeminck

Victoria

Melbourne Renegades

Georgia Wareham

Victoria

Melbourne Renegades


Women’s Cricket Australia XI to take on Australia and New Zealand in two respective T20 fixtures on 27 September.

Nicole Bolton (c)

Western Australia

Perth Scorchers

Maitlan Brown

ACT

Melbourne Renegades

Lauren Cheatle

New South Wales

Sydney Sixers

Josie Dooley

Queensland

Brisbane Heat

Heather Graham

Western Australia

Perth Scorchers

Tahlia McGrath

South Australia

Adelaide Strikers

Naomi Stalenberg

New South Wales

Sydney Thunder

Molly Strano

Victoria

Melbourne Renegades

Annabel Sutherland

Victoria

Melbourne Stars

Rachel Trenaman

New South Wales

Sydney Thunder

Belinda Vakarewa

New South Wales

Sydney Thunder

Amanda-Jade Wellington

South Australia

Adelaide Strikers

  

Commonwealth Bank Women’s T20 International Series Fixture

29 September: 1st T20, Australia v New Zealand, North Sydney Oval, Sydney

1 October: 2nd T20, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

5 October: 3rd T20, Manuka Oval, Canberra