Women’s World Cup 2022: Wellington, Harris return in Australia’s WC squad;

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Women’s World Cup 2022: Wellington, Harris return in Australia’s WC squad;

Women’s World Cup 2022: Amanda-Jade Wellington and Grace Harris have been called into Australia’s 15-player squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup in New Zealand has been announced, although top spinner Sophie Molineux has been left out due to injury.

After being included in the group to travel over the Tasman early next month, leg-spinner Wellington might play her first ODI since March 2018, and Harris her first since November 2016.

“Sophie Molineux, unfortunately, misses out due to injury. She was unlikely to be available until the backend of the tournament. And with limited match time and having to complete ten days managed isolation. It was a tough call, but we weren’t prepared to take the risk,” said Australia selector Shawn Flegler as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

Molineux’s absence, though, is a setback for both the Victorians and Australia; the left-arm spinner ruled out of the Ashes due to a stress fracture in her left foot. But it anticipated she would be able to play in the ICC event.

“Amanda-Jade provides us with another quality spin option and has the potential to play an important role spinning the ball away from the bat. Leg-spin has been a big part of our success in recent years and while Alana King is currently doing that role for us, there’s no reason we couldn’t play both in the same team if conditions and match-ups suit,” said Flegler.

She joins fellow Victorians Tayla Vlaeminck (foot) and Georgia Wareham (ACL). As major absentees from Australia’s effort to reclaim the sole prize missing from their trophy cabinet.

Women’s ODI World Cup 2022

Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington.

Travelling reserves: Hannah Darlington, Georgia Redmayne

Australia’s ODI World Cup 2022 fixtures

5 Mar: v England, Seddon Park, Hamilton, 12pm AEDT

8 Mar: v Pakistan, Bay Oval, Tauranga, 12pm AEDT

13 Mar: v New Zealand, Basin Reserve, Wellignton, 8am AEDT

15 Mar: v West Indies, Basin Reserve, Wellignton, 8am AEDT

19 Mar: v India, Eden Park, Auckland, 12pm AEDT

22 Mar: v South Africa, Basin Reserve, Wellignton, 8am AEDT

25 Mar: v Bangladesh, Basin Reserve, Wellignton, 8am AEDT

Semi-finals

Mar 30: Basin Reserve, Wellington, 8am AEDT

Mar 31: Hagley Park Christchurch, 12pm AEDT

Final

Apr 3: Hagley Park Christchurch, 11am AEDT

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