Cricket Australia announced the Women’s cricket squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Australia Women’s Squad for Commonwealth Games
Meg Lanning will lead an unchanged Australia squad to the inaugural edition of the Women’s T20 event at this year’s Commonwealth Games. The 2022 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England from 28 July to 8 August 2022.
On 22 December 2017, the BBC reported that the organisers of the games were in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the inclusion of women’s cricket
The CGF officially announced on 13 August 2019 that the women’s T20 cricket, beach volleyball, and para table tennis have been included in the Games while archery and shooting have been excluded.
Georgia Wareham (ACL injury), Sophie Molineux and Tayla Vlaeminck (foot injury) are still on the comeback trail from their respective injuries and will miss the Games like they did the World Cup.
Meanwhile, star player Ellyse Perry, who is still nursing a back injury, is likely to play on as pure batter like she did in the World Cup final. “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 will begin their gold quest with a pair of training sessions at the National Cricket Centre in June before the squad partakes in a tri-series involving Ireland and Pakistan in the build-up to the Games which features cricket as a discipline for only 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.”
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