Chappell replaces Jonassen in Australia Women World Cup squad
Australia Women's uncapped player Renee Chappell will replace the injured Jess Jonassen in the squad for the upcoming ICC Women's World Cup. Jonassen suffered a knee problem and has not recovered from surgery in time for the World Cup starting next week in India.
Jonassen is a left-arm spinner who has taken seven wickets in eight ODIs at an average of 28.28. Chappell, 29, is an offspinning allrounder from Perth who has been with the Western Australia Women squad for over a decade.
"To play in a World Cup is a rare opportunity so this is obviously a disappointing outcome for Jess," Julie Savage, Australia's chief selector, said. "Renee Chappell has performed strongly in the Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) this season and deserves the opportunity and we are confident that she can step into the side and have an impactful role."
Australia start their World Cup campaign with two warm-up fixtures in Mumbai, the first against West Indies on January 28, followed by another against India on January 29. Australia are in Group B along with New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.