Six new faces could debut in Ashes Test
UP TO six Australians could debut in next month's women's day-night Ashes Test after being named in a 15-player squad.
Tahlia McGrath, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Beth Mooney, Belinda Vakarewa and Amanda-Jade Wellington have represented Australia in short-form matches.
They were named in the squad for the November 9-12 match with England at North Sydney Oval.
Selectors also named a squad of 14 for three one-dayers, with fast bowler Vakarewa dropping out.
The Southern Stars Test squad will be cut to 13 after a three-day match against an ACT Invitational XI from November 3-5.
Australia will be without skipper Meg Lanning for the entire campaign with a shoulder injury.
Rachael Haynes will lead a power-packed outfit.
"This was a really tough selection process with some talented players missing out, but we're confident we have selected a balanced side that has the potential to beat England and retain the Ashes," national selector Shawn Flegler said in a statement.
"Of the 15 players selected across the weekend, eight posted scores of 50 or more for their domestic sides, including four centuries, while fast-bowlers Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia McGrath made successful returns from injury.
"It's important with the multi-format nature of this series to start well, and while the big prize is retaining the Ashes, this series presents a golden opportunity for the team to reinstate themselves as the No.1-ranked side in the world."
The squad to play the three Twenty20s (November 17, 19, 21) will be announced after the third ODI.
Selectors also picked a Cricket Australia XI to play England in two 50-over warm-up matches on October 16 and 18.
TEST SQUAD: Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
ODI SQUAD: Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (captain), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
CA XI SQUAD: Hayleigh Brennan, Nicola Carey, Piepa Cleary, Heather Graham, Alana King, Katie Mack, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Redmayne, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano (captain), Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck.