Alyssa Healy leads Australia for T20I Series vs India | Cricket news

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Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday designated a 15-man women’s team for the upcoming five-game T20I series against India. Alyssa Healy will lead the squad with Meg Lanning still unavailable, while all-rounder Tahlia McGrath has been named vice-captain for the series. Phoebe Litchfield, Kim Garth and Heather Graham line up to make their T20I debut, with Litchfield and Garth in their first Australian squad.

Head of Performance (Women’s Cricket) and National Selector, Shawn Flegler, said: “These five matches are an important part of the team’s preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup in South Africa and also provide some players with the chance to gain some experience to do. in Indian conditions.”

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“India will be a good test; they are a strong side and the two teams have had some good battles recently. Without Meg and Rachael, this series will provide opportunities for players, especially in the top order, so we look forward to to see who raises their hands,” he added.

“Kim is another who has been in our thinking, she has had some strong seasons with the ball and adds extra depth to our pace bowling stocks. Heather hasn’t had many opportunities to break into the side but she toiled away with both bat and ball in domestic cricket. She adds depth to mid-order and gives Shelley and Alyssa another opportunity to bowl fast,” he continued.

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Speaking of Alyssa, the selector said: “Alyssa will have the opportunity to lead the squad in Meg’s absence, which is exciting, and there’s no doubt Tahlia will gain a lot as her deputy. She’s worked hard developing that side of her game and thoroughly deserves it.” chance.”

Australia departs for India on December 4, ahead of the first T20I on December 9.

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The squad is: Alyssa Healy (c), Tahlia McGrath, Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Southland

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