Australia Women’s team will march into the inaugural season of the Women’s T20 cricket at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham with their prolific World Cup-winning squad. The CA has decided to keep an unchanged squad for the important Commonwealth games 2022 considering their spell-bounding performance in the Women’s World Cup 2022 which led them to the World Cup triumph for the record-breaking seventh time.
The belligerent World Cup-winning Australian team will miss the services of its Head Coach Matthew Mott who recently stepped down from the post to accept the role of England’s white-ball team Head Coach. However, Cricket Australia has named Shelley Nitschke as the Interim Head Coach of the Australia women’s team for their upcoming T20Is series in the Ireland & Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Georgia Wareham (ACL injury), Sophie Molineux, and Tayla Vlaeminck (foot injury) are still recovering from their respective injuries and will miss the Games as they did the World Cup. However, there is good news for the Australian team as their star player Ellyse Perry who is still nursing a back injury will play as a pure batter as she did in the World Cup Finals.
“Her availability to bowl will be dependent on her progress in the coming weeks and on the medical advice,” team physiotherapist Kate Beerworth said.
Australia Women’s team will begin their preparations for the marquee event with few training sessions at the National Cricket Centre in June before the squad departs for Ireland to play a tri-series involving Ireland and Pakistan ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games will feature cricket as a sport for the second time after Kuala Lampur, 1998 when the men’s 50-over version of the sport was played.
“To be there with athletes from badminton, squash, lawn bowls and a host of other sports is going to be a wonderful new experience for our players to embrace,” Lanning said.
“We’ve all grown up watching the Commonwealth Games on TV, seeing Australian athletes inspire the rest of the country, and we’re hoping to do the same.”
Australia who are also the reigning Women’s T20 World Cup Champions will start the Commonwealth games as the favorites to win the Gold medal. They will play in Group A along with India, Pakistan, and Barbados while Group B features England, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. Both the groups will indulge in fierce cricket & the top two teams from both the pools will head to the semi-finals.
Australia Squad for Commonwealth Games:
Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington