Cameron and Osborne picked in national outfit
World Cup representatives Jessica Cameron and Erin Osborne have been elevated into the Australian women's squad for 2009-10 while three new players have been selected. Alyssa Healy, Elyse Villani and Rachael Haynes are the new faces in the 19-woman outfit as the side attempts to rebuild after the disappointing fourth place at the global tournament last month.
Six players are under 19 and Marg Jennings, the national selection chair, said it was one of the youngest line-ups ever. "While we have lost some experienced players, we believe the squad selected has the ability to perform well for Australia at the upcoming World Twenty20 and beyond," Jennings said. "We have taken the opportunity to introduce three new players to the group in Alyssa, Elyse and Rachael. All three are exciting prospects and deserve their place.
"Healy also has the added versatility of being a wicketkeeper and she will assume the back-up role to Jodie Fields following the retirement of Leonie Coleman. The panel believes these players have the potential to play important roles into the future."
Coleman and Emma Sampson stepped down after the World Cup while Clea Smith and Renee Chappell are unavailable for the next year. Melissa Bulow and Kris Britt have been cut from last year's squad.
The players will attend camps at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane in April and May before the squad is named to contest the World Twenty20 and series against England. Lauren Ebsary, Rene Farrell, Osborne, Ellyse Perry and Villani will also attend the Centre of Excellence for four weeks from April 24.
Australia squad Sarah Andrews (NSW), Alex Blackwell (NSW), Kate Blackwell (NSW), Jessica Cameron (Vic), Lauren Ebsary (WA), Sarah Edwards (Vic), Rene Farrell (WA), Jodie Fields (Qld), Rachael Haynes (Vic), Alyssa Healy (NSW), Delissa Kimmince (Qld), Shelley Nitschke (SA), Erin Osborne (NSW), Ellyse Perry (NSW), Kirsten Pike (Qld), Leah Poulton (NSW), Karen Rolton (SA), Lisa Sthalekar (NSW), Elyse Villani (Vic).
AIS scholarship holders Lauren Ebsary, Rene Farrell, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani.
Under-21 squad Sarah Coyte (NSW), Ashleigh Endacott (NSW), Katelyn Fryett (Tas), Emma Inglis (Vic), Jessica Jonassen (Qld), Meg Lanning (Vic), Renee Melton (Vic), Angela Reakes (NSW), Kara Sutherland (NSW), Selina Tainton (Qld), Jo-Ann Verrall (Qld), Amanda Williams (WA).