Six NSW Breakers players have been named in an 18-player Australian Women’s squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Series against India.
Amongst the six are 19-year-old Northern Beaches fast bowler Stella Campbell, fellow teen Hannah Darlington and Maitlan Brown, who has returned to NSW this year after several seasons at the ACT Meteors and Melbourne Renegades.
The call up is Campbell’s first senior Australian squad selection after several strong seasons of development through the powerful NSW Pathways, Breakers and Sydney Sixers, while Brown returns after an extended layoff with a hamstring injury.
Australian team vice captain Rachael Haynes, wicketkeeping star Alyssa Healy and destructive batter Ash Gardner are also part of the squad.
Australia and India will battle it out across all three formats, with the schedule including three One-Day Internationals, a historic day-night Test match at the WACA Ground and three Twenty20 Internationals.
National Selector Shawn Flegler said Campbell and fellow quick Brown added to Australia’s bowling depth.
“We’re really confident with the squad that we’ve assembled and are pleased to be able to include Stella as well as welcoming back Maitlan, who’s missed a large amount of cricket through injury,” Flegler said.
“Stella is yet another young fast bowler to have come through the pathway and adds another layer of depth to an emerging pace bowling group. She’s a tall, bouncy fast bowler who we feel could be a real option throughout the series, particularly with the conditions in Perth.
“Having worked so hard to earn a call-up to the squad last summer, it’s great to have Maitlan back after suffering a long-term injury at a really unfortunate time. We love the way she swings the ball early and the variety she offers and feel she’s someone that can be turned to in any format.”
The tour is once again proudly presented by Commonwealth Bank, continuing their longstanding support of the women’s game, at all levels in Australia.