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

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King was a key part of Perth Scorchers’ WBBL title triumph earlier this season with 16 18.25 wickets and a save of 5.84. However, Wellington, who will instead be with Australia A, can count themselves unlucky after topping the wickets chart with 23 at 16.26 which included the best WBBL comeback of 5 for 8 in the Eliminator Final.

Australia had to revamp their rotation attack for the Ashes with Wareham sidelined for up to a year after suffering an ACL injury in the WBBL. Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux will also miss out with a stress fracture in her foot but hope remains that she will be available for the World Cup.

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

“[It was] definitely a close call,” he said. “We talked about this particular role for a while. The things we’re looking at are the role we have to play in the different formats and we just felt that Alana probably plays that role a little better than what we think Amanda would do.

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

“They’re slightly different bowlers. Alana is probably a little faster in the air and attacks stumps a little more, Amanda is what you’d probably say is a real legpinner where she gets the ball a lot of air and makes it turning strong She would play a different role if she played in the Australian team again.

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

Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Georgia Redmayne and Molly Strano, who were part of the Indian team, will play for Australia A in a competitive series against England A. Movement between the two teams will be difficult given the biosecure restrictions stringent rules that the Ashes will be played under in order to protect players ahead of the ODI World Cup.

The Australian 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 was prolific at the top of the Adelaide Strikers command, was also included. Redmayne will captain the team.

“The ‘A’ team has been selected with an eye to the future and ensuring that we have a number of players who can come straight into the Australian squad and play a role if needed,” Flegler said. . “It’s great to see Elyse Villani and Grace Harris returning to Australian colors along with Heather Graham, Erin Burns and Amanda-Jade Wellington, while Katie Mack had a very strong WBBL and has been in good form for a while now.”

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

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

Andrew McGlashan is associate editor at ESPNcricinfo