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Women’s Ashes 2021-22 – Alana King defeats Amanda-Jade Wellington to place in Australian team Ashes

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King was a key part of the Perth Scorchers’ WBBL title triumph earlier this season with 16 wickets 18.25 and a saving of 5.84. However, Wellington, who will instead be with Australia A, can consider herself unlucky to have topped the wicket standings with 23-16.26, which included the WBBL’s all-time best 5-for-8 return in the final Eliminator.

Australia had to revisit their rotating attack for the Ashes, with Wareham out for up to a year after suffering an ACL injury in the WBBL. Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux will also be absent with a stress fracture in her foot, but hopes remain that she will be available for the World Cup.

National coach Shawn Flegler explained that King was seen as a more similar replacement for Wareham’s role, but added that Australia A players have all been warned they may be needed at short notice. Covid hit the team.

“[It was] definitely a close decision, ”he said. “We’ve been talking about this particular role for a while. What we’re looking at is the role we need to play in our turn in the different formats and we just felt that Alana is probably playing that role a little better than we think Amanda would.

“That’s not to say Amanda couldn’t play that role. When we put together the squad, we look at all the different games, the conditions and the role they need to play in the squad itself.

“They are slightly different bowlers. Alana is probably a little faster in the air and attacks the stumps a little more, Amanda is what you would probably say is a real legpinner where she gives the ball a lot of air and does it. spinning strong She would play a different role if she played on the Australian team again.

“We’re not closing the door on Amanda. Alana got the green light this time around and she has the opportunity to carve out a place on the team. Alana’s numbers are stacking up really well. She’s good. on the court, she provides a late command hitting option and she has performed very well in the WBBL. “

Indian team Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Georgia Redmayne and Molly Strano will play for Australia A in a simultaneous series against England A. Travel between the two teams will be difficult given biosecurity restrictions strict that the ashes will be played under in order to protect players before the ODI World Cup.

Australia A team also sees a return for Elyse Villani as well as calls for talented young hitters Phoebe Litchfield and Georgia Voll. Katie Mack, who has been prolific at the top of the Adelaide Strikers roster, has also been included. Redmayne will be the team captain.

“The ‘A’ team were selected with the future in mind and ensuring that we have a certain number of players who can go directly into the Australian squad and play a role if needed,” said Flegler. “It’s great to see Elyse Villani and Grace Harris come back to Australia as well as Heather Graham, Erin Burns and Amanda-Jade Wellington, while Katie Mack had a really good WBBL and has been in good shape for quite some time now.”

Australia Team Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (capt), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck

Australia Team A Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Stella Campbell, Nicole Faltum, Tess Flintoff, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Phoebe Litchfield, Katie Mack, Georgia Redmayne (capt), Courtney Sippel Molly Strano, Elyse Villani, Georgia Voll, Amanda-Jade Wellington

Andrew McGlashan is Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo