Cricbuzz prediction: Georgia Wareham named to Australia’s T20 World Cup squad

Leg spinner Georgia Wareham is back from a lengthy injury layoff as Australia draft a 15-man squad for their T20 World Cup title defense in South Africa on 10 February. The same team will face Pakistan in his T20I home his series on January 24-29.

Wareham, who has not played in a T20 match since a torn cruciate ligament in October 2021, was named ahead of his fellow Amanda Jade Wellington after making a one-day comeback for Victoria in last week’s domestic competition. rice field. Besides regular skipper Meg Granning’s return to the format after his six-month hiatus, the only change Australia made to the squad was a trip to India for his recent T20I assignment. That’s it.

“It is always difficult to limit the team to 15 people, but I am confident that we have selected a well-balanced team for the series against Pakistan and are ready to challenge for the third consecutive T20 title. .flaggler. “It was exciting to see Meg and Georgia back in action for Victoria as they both bring a wealth of experience to the group and are always important in major tournaments.

Georgia in particular has shown a lot of resilience despite being injured, and their return will be a real boost for the team.

All-rounder Nicola Carey and young batsman Phoebe Litchfield missed out on her 4-1 winning side in December, while wicket-keeper batsman Alyssa Healey led the tour and suffered a calf in Game 4. but is expected to make a full recovery. It was also placed in the recorded 15th season. Kim Garth and Heather Graham are sticking to their seats after debuting in Mumbai last month.

“Alyssa and Jess are expected to be fully fit and ready to fire even after sustaining minor injuries, so we have a strong enough team and plenty of variation with sticks and balls if needed. . “Heather and Kim were impressed when they got their chance at the India Series, and we know they are ready to play their part should the opportunity arise.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for Nicola, Phoebe and Amanda Jade, but they are still firmly in our plans and available if needed.”

Australia will begin her title defense against her Tasmanian rivals New Zealand on 12 February, before facing Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa in the remaining group matches.

Australia squad: Meg Lanning (C), Alyssa Healy (VC, wk), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Heather Graham, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham

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