Australia call on Ebsary for World T20
Lauren Ebsary has been included in Australia's squad for the ICC Women's World Twenty20, while Sharon Millanta has missed out. The Australians named a 14-player squad and Ebsary in for Millanta was the only change from the group that travelled to India in March and won their series 4-1.
"We believe that Lauren's all-round ability across the three disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding gives the team more competitive options for success in this event," Julie Savage, the chair of selectors, said. "We anticipate that this ICC World Twenty20 will be a very challenging event; the Quad Series held last year suggests England is the form side in this format and our recent experiences in Sri Lanka on a training camp over the last two weeks revealed significant improvements in the Sri Lankan side.
"With this trend of improving depth in the women's sides across the world, this event will be extremely close. The Commonwealth Bank-AIS Southern Stars squad relished the opportunity to acclimatise to Sri Lankan conditions in Colombo last week and to have some competitive games against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and a Sri Lanka Under-19 men's team.
"Very few of the squad had played cricket in Sri Lanka previously, thus the training camp has provided the perfect conclusion to our preparation for success at the ICC WorldTwenty20."
Australia squad Jodie Fields (capt, wk), Alex Blackwell, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Lauren Ebsary, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Leah Poulton, Lisa Sthalekar.