The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has named a 13-player roster for Australia’s next One-Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan, which includes Sixers skipper Ellyse Perry and vice-captain Ashleigh Gardner. The three One-Day Internationals between Australia and Pakistan are planned for January 16-21 in Brisbane and Sydney.


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Captain Meg Lanning returns following an extended absence, but vice-captain Alyssa Healy will miss the series due to a right calf injury suffered during Australia’s T20 series in India. Tahlia McGrath, an all-rounder, will serve as Lanning’s deputy during the series. The group is fairly similar to the one that traveled to India recently, with the inclusion of Meg, who returns after a lengthy hiatus. Meg adds so much to the side both on and off the field, and it’s nice to welcome her back at such a vital time with the T20 World Cup just over a month away.

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The Indian series enabled us to blood some fresh talent and it’s nice to be able to keep Kim and Phoebe for this season. Unfortunately, Heather Graham, Amanda-Jade Wellington, and Grace Harris do not make the cut; however, they are still in contention for selection for the T20 portion of the tour and the T20 World Cup. While we welcome Meg back, Alyssa won’t have recovered from her calf injury in time, so it offers a chance for Beth to assume the gloves in her absence.

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After sustaining a hamstring injury in India, Jessica Jonassen will need to establish her fitness, but we’re hoping she’ll be ready for the series. The roster for the next three Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan, as well as the forthcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa, will be confirmed in due time. A 12-player team has also been announced for the annual Governor-XI General’s match, which will take place on 13 January at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

The NSP has named the following squad, which includes Able Seaman Charlee Masters, in collaboration with the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd). Masters, a highly rated medium-pace bowler, has been chosen to represent the Australian Defence Force; her selection extends a long-standing relationship with the ADF and allows qualified military soldiers to compete in the tournament.

This annual match provides an excellent chance to witness some of the best young cricketers compete against international competition, and Pakistan will be a tough challenge for the team this year. The skill of this team highlights the depth of the women’s game in Australia, which is a credit to the role the youth talent route and domestic competitions are playing in the development of our future generation of players.

It’s rewarding to be able to reward those players who have been excelling in domestic cricket while also giving those up-and-coming players the opportunity to demonstrate what they can accomplish at the next level. The Governor-General expressed his satisfaction that the match could resume after the COVID-19 epidemic, and he looked forward to showcasing the finest of rising talent in Australian and Pakistani cricket. The GG’s XI puts some of Australia’s greatest young cricketers against international competitors, and it is very satisfying to be able to host this exciting, engaging tournament once again.


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