Australia’s selectors have solid a watch to an eventual altering of the guard of their all-conquering ladies’s cricket group, taking two uncapped quicks to New Zealand.
Seventeen-year-old Darcie Brown was on Tuesday named in an prolonged squad, together with 20-year-old Hannah Darlington for the three ODIs and T20s subsequent month.
Ellyse Perry has additionally been included after making her come again from a hamstring tear, whereas younger fast Tayla Vlaeminck is again after her harm woes.
However it’s Brown and Darlington’s choices that stand out.
COVID restrictions compelled selectors to take 17 gamers, they usually have opted for fast-bowling again up for Perry and Vlaeminck.
Brown solely made her WBBL debut for Adelaide this summer season, however is already tipped to be one of many quickest bowlers within the ladies’s recreation after taking 10 wickets and going at lower than a run a ball.
In the meantime bowling allrounder Darlington is taken into account one of many subsequent vivid lights out of the NSW system, successful the WBBL semi-final with the ball for Sydney Thunder en path to the title.
“We have most likely among the finest gamers within the historical past of Australian cricket, enjoying proper now,” chief selector Shawn Flegler mentioned.
“However in some unspecified time in the future the top comes for everybody.
“So, we have to guarantee that that group retains evolving and retains getting stronger. And that must happen over the subsequent few years.”
5 members of final yr’s World Cup successful squad are actually over 30, whereas there are not any indicators the likes of Alyssa Healy and Perry are able to stroll away but, selectors know they’re nearer to the top than the beginning.
Australia went by way of a tough interval when the earlier era walked away, failing to make the 2009 World Cup ultimate after successful the earlier version.
However with a Commonwealth Video games and 50-over World Cup subsequent yr adopted by a T20 match in 2023, selectors have frequently launched youth lately with Sophie Molineux, Annabel Sutherland and Georgia Wareham.
“You must hold evolving as a group, you may’t stand nonetheless,” Flegler added.
“The problem is discovering the fitting alternatives on the proper time for these gamers.”
Australia squad: Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.
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