Women’s Ashes: Australia’s pacer Stella Campbell has been included in Australia’s Test squad in Canberra in place of injured Tayla Vlaeminck for the Ashes Test match. Tayla Vlaeminck has been ruled out of the Ashes series as well as the upcoming World Cup in New Zealand with a stress fracture in her foot.
Currently, Australia is leading the Ashes series with a 4-2 following a victory in the opening match & then two washouts in the T20Is in Adelaide. Registering a win in the test would grant four points to Australia which means that the Ashes were regained before the ODI series. The national selectors have searched for the best replacement for Vlaeminck & Campbell is the ideal candidate to fill her shoes.
Campbell has made her test debut against India earlier in 2021. She has returned with figures of 7-25 in a WNCL match at Manuka Oval earlier this month. Rachael Haynes was the captain of the South
“Stella bowled well for us in the Test match against India and provides another fast bowling option now with Tayla being injured. We will continue to assess conditions over the next couple of days before finalizing the team,” National Selector Shawn Flegler said.
Rachael Haynes was the captain of the New South Wales team when Campbell took her seven wickets. “Having seen first-hand the damage she did against ACT and the wicket…she’d definitely come into calculations,” she said during the T20I series. “Particularly in red-ball cricket, where your ability to take wickets is obviously fundamental to winning”, Rachael added to her statement.
Meanwhile, Beth Mooney is all set to feature in the Test after undergoing surgery on her fractured jaw last Tuesday. With Mooney coming on board, there will be an extra batter for the test match along with Haynes. Haynes is likely to make a comeback to the Test squad after missing the India test due to her injury. On the other hand, along with the absence of Vlaeminck, Australia will also be without key spinners Georgia Wareham and Sophie Molineux. Legspinner Alana King could be in line for a Test debut depending on conditions.
“Having lots of bowlers there’s plenty of variety,” Gardner said. “Guess that’s the best thing about this team, pretty much everyone can bowl. Sometimes that’s a good and bad thing having so many different options for Meg to choose from, potentially sometimes her not knowing who to go to and use those attacking options. [But] having plenty of options is definitely not a bad thing”
“You’ve got to play those bowlers and batters who will be matchwinners. Maybe in the past, we haven’t had bowlers who are really attacking or bowling those attacking lines for as long as possible. Not playing a lot of Test cricket, it’s hard to know how to go into it. All the chats we’ve had have been about taking those wickets. Sometimes in T20 cricket, it’s trying to reduce the runs whereas in Tests you need to take 20 wickets”, Gardner concluded.
Women’s Ashes: Australia Test Squad
Darcie Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (VC), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (C), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland