Australia has named a 17-player squad for their New Zealand tour starting next month. Speedster Tayla Vlaeminck has made her return to the squad for their upcoming limited-overs series against New Zealand after recovering from the foot injury that eliminated her from the T20 World Cup last year.
Having recovered from her hamstring injury, all-rounder Ellyse Perry has also made her comeback in the squad for the tour. She sustained the injury during the T20 World Cup before the knockouts and couldn’t feature in the final and the semi-final. However, while she was gradually approaching her recovery, the 30-year old starred in Women Big Bash League (WBBL) for Sydney Sixers.
“She has been working her way back to full fitness in the WNCL with Victoria and we’ve already seen some devastating spells from her,” National Selector Shawn Flegler said on Tayla Vlaeminck.
“Similarly, Ellyse Perry has been making solid progress in her return from a hamstring injury and we look forward to her taking part in this series after not featuring against New Zealand in September and October.“
The squad has also welcomed pacers Darcie Brown and Hannah Darlington after their spectacular stints in WBBL. Brown played 12 games for the Adelaide Strikers and picked up 10 wickets, while Darlington played brilliantly for the Sydney Thunders, playing a vital role in their victory, picking up 19 wickets in 14 games.
“Since the completion of our home series against New Zealand in October, the players have completed a full WBBL campaign, followed by a period of rest and recovery before reconvening for the beginning of the WNCL campaign,” Flegler said on the squad announcement.
The Australian team is scheduled to travel to New Zealand towards the end of the next month for three T20Is and as many ODIs. The tour starts on March 28, with the first T20I at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Australia ODI & T20I Squad: Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck
Australia vs New Zealand Tour Schedule
|1st T20I||28.03.21||Seddon Park, Hamilton|
|2nd T20I||30.03.21||McLean Park, Napier|
|3rd T20I||01.04.21||Eden Park, Auckland|
|1st ODI||04.04.21||Bay Oval, Tauranga|
|2nd ODI||07.04.21||Bay Oval, Tauranga|
|3rd ODI||10.04.21||Bay Oval, Tauranga|