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Australia Girls eye Bangladesh tour for pre-T20 World Cup 2024 intel


Australia have a give attention to their first bilateral tour of Bangladesh as a useful intelligence-gathering mission forward of the T20 World Cup later within the yr amid what shapes as a squeeze for spin-bowling spots.

They may face South Africa in a multi-format collection beginning at residence in late January, with these T20Is additionally offering useful preparation for the World Cup in September, however it’s the first-hand expertise over in Bangladesh that might be particularly vital. The ODI and T20I tour will happen on the finish of March following the WPL.

“We have got a few venues in Bangladesh that the World Cup will probably be performed at in order that will probably be a part of the investigating in the course of the tour, about how wickets are going to play,” Shawn Flegler, the nationwide selector, mentioned.

Australia’s solely earlier journey to Bangladesh was once they gained the 2014 T20 World Cup. 4 members of the squad stay: Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Beth Mooney and Jess Jonassen.
There will probably be an open thoughts as to how circumstances will play, however no matter mixture Australia take into the ultimate squad there will probably be no scarcity of spin choices. Ashleigh Gardner, Georgia Wareham and Jonassen are the three within the T20I squad to face South Africa with Alana King unable to discover a house in that group however will return for the ODIs.
Including to the depth has been the return from harm of left-arm spinner and allrounder Sophie Molineux, who will captain the Governor Basic’s XI in opposition to South Africa. She misplaced her central contract in 2022 and has lately returned from a year-long layoff with an ACL harm. With an all-round skillset that the selectors admire, there’s a likelihood she may put herself again within the reckoning.

“She’s been highly-rated by the Australian set-up for a very long time and simply nice to have her again taking part in,” Flegler mentioned. “It is fairly clear having a left-arm orthodox spinner taking part in worldwide cricket is fairly good. We have been blessed with the quantity of spin choices we have had; we have had a left-arm spinner both Jess Jonassen or Soph concerned in our World Cups over the past seven campaigns, so we’ll see that persevering with, I am certain. It will be a good squeeze over the following few collection, however actually blessed to have these choices obtainable to us.”

Jonassen, in the meantime, has misplaced her place as a first-choice decide in Australia’s white-ball sides having been dropped from the T20Is after Hayley Matthews’ onslaught at North Sydney Oval late final yr and never taking part in ODIs for the reason that tour of Eire after the Ashes, with Gardner taking up the mantle of senior spinner.

“Ash’s performances over the past 12, 18, 24 months have been excellent and he or she’s taken on the senior spinner function and Georgia Wareham has come again into the staff. Thought she bowled higher and higher because the tour went on in India,” Flegler mentioned. “[Georgia] additionally provides a fairly highly effective lower-order batting choice and is excellent within the area.

“I’ve mentioned a couple of occasions, we worth these three skillsets actually extremely and if you are able to do all three that actually provides you a leg up choice and that is the place Georgia and Ash have gotten the nod in the meanwhile. Jess is actually nonetheless in discussions and within the squad.”

Additional highlighting the depth in Australia’s spin shares is that legspinner Amanda-Jade Wellington continues to be neglected regardless of her common home T20 success, which continued with a pivotal function in Adelaide Strikers’ back-to-back WBBL titles.

After that event, Wellington mentioned she was at peace with the place she stood, however revealed that she may apply for a British passport and had not dominated out seeking to play for England.

“It’s within the again on my thoughts however making that call can be actually exhausting as a result of there are some dangers – as an illustration, it will make me a world participant for the Massive Bash,” she advised ABC Sport. “Technically the door continues to be open…I simply have not actually explored it that a lot.”

Flegler mentioned the selectors had been in common communication with Wellington and that she may proceed to push for Australia honours.

“It is a private resolution for Amanda what she needs to do,” he mentioned. “However we actually have not mentioned she’ll by no means play for Australia once more. Can think about it is actually irritating for Amanda. If that is one thing she does need to pursue, then that is as much as her.”

Flegler additionally indicated he was hopeful of Australia arranging some additional fixtures earlier than the T20 World Cup. Presently, after the tour of Bangladesh they don’t have anything on their calendar till the event.

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