Following their World Cup winning campaign in March to April, Australia have retained their squad for the Commonwealth Games later this year in Birmingham. The Aussies will be captained by Meg Lanning, who had a great campaign at the World Cup, having led her team to victory in all of its matches.
However, there was a slight change in the Australian coaching staff after head coach Matthew Mott took the reins of the British white shirt teams. Shelley Nitschke has been appointed interim head coach of the Australian Women for the Olympics in July-August.
Fast pitcher Tayla Vlaeminck, pitcher Georgia Wareham and all-rounder Sophie Molineux are still recovering from injuries and are unable to attend the Olympics.
Ahead of the Olympics, the Australian team is expected to take part in some training sessions at the National Cricket Center in June, followed by participating in a three-match series, which also features Ireland and Pakistan.
“Being there with athletes from badminton, squash, pitching and a host of other sports will be a great new experience for our players,” Lanning is quoted as saying.
Australia, the reigning T20 world champion, will begin their campaign against India in the Commonwealth Games. Interestingly, it was India that Australia defeated in the 2020 T20 World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia is placed in Group A along with India and Barbados. Having just won the World Cup recently, the Aussies are title contenders for the Olympics later this year.
Australia Squad game for the Commonwealth
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