New Hobart Hurricanes recruits, Nicola Carey and Tayla Vlaeminck, have been selected by the Cricket Australia National Selection Panel as part of the 14-player squad for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team’s Commonwealth Bank Ashes Tour of England from 2-31 July.
Australia and England will contest three One-Day Internationals, a Test match and three T20 Internationals.
The Ashes will be awarded to the team that accumulates the most points across the multi-format series - teams are awarded two points for each ODI and T20 win, while a Test win is worth four points.
Nicole Bolton, WA
Nicola Carey, TAS/Hobart Hurricanes
Ashleigh Gardner, NSW
Rachael Haynes, NSW
Alyssa Healy, NSW
Jess Jonassen, QLD
Delissa Kimmince, QLD
Meg Lanning, VIC
Beth Mooney, QLD
Ellyse Perry, VIC
Megan Schutt, SA
Elyse Villani, VIC
Georgia Wareham, VIC
Tayla Vlaeminck, VIC/Hobart Hurricanes
“The Ashes is arguably Australia’s biggest bilateral series and one that is always a really tightly fought contest. As holders of the Ashes it’s going to be a big challenge for the team to bring the trophy back to Australia, but we believe the side has the right mix of talent and the depth to do exactly that.”
“Tayla (Vlaeminck) was under an injury cloud but she’s back bowling and has had a terrific off-season up in camp in Brisbane, so we’re really excited to see what she can do in English conditions," said National Selector Shawn Flegler.
Speaking to media in Hobart today following the squad announcement, all-rounder Nicola Carey says she can't wait for her first-ever Ashes Tour.
"It's the first Ashes I've been a part of," said Carey.
"I remember sitting at North Sydney Oval, watching the Test match & how much the fans got around that game which was pretty cool to see."
"I'm hoping the women's game continues to grow, in England I'm sure there'll be a great crowd in and the matches will be good contests.
The Australian squad will assemble in Brisbane on June 13 for a pre-series camp including two warm-up matches against the Women’s National Performance Squad on June 17 and 19, before departing for England on June 21.
Women’s Ashes Fixtures
26 June – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough
28 June – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Loughborough
11-13 July – England Women’s Academy v Australia, Marlborough College, Swindon
2 July – 1st ODI, England v Australia, Grace Road, Leicester
4 July – 2nd ODI, England v Australia, Grace Road, Leicester
7 July – 3rd ODI, England v Australia, St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
18-21 July – England v Australia, The County Ground, Taunton
26 July – 1st T20I, England v Australia, County Ground, Chelmsford
28 July – 2nd T20I, England v Australia, The County Ground, Hove
31 July – 3rd T20I, England v Australia, Bristol County Ground, Bristol