Southern Stars prepare for one-day series with New Zealand

Australia name new faces for Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

October 17, 2006

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Karen Rolton drove Australia to their inaugural Twenty20 win against England last year © Getty Images
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Five Australians will make their debut against New Zealand on Wednesday in the first women's Twenty20 international to be played in Australia. Sarah Andrews (NSW), Melissa Bulow (Qld), Michelle Goszko (NSW), Leah Poulton (NSW) and Jodie Purves (Qld) are in the Southern Stars' starting line-up for their opening experiences of the short-form game at Allan Border Field.

It is only Australia's second Twenty20 after the seven-wicket win against England during the 2005 tour. Karen Rolton smashed an unbeaten 96 from only 53 balls as they reached the target with more than two overs to spare.

The game on Wednesday is part of New Zealand's tour of Australia, which includes a battle for the Rose Bowl over five ODIs. Rolton will lead the side during the series and the first one-day match begins on Friday.

Australia Twenty20 side Karen Rolton (capt), Lisa Sthalekar, Sarah Andrews, Kate Blackwell, Melissa Bulow, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Michelle Goszko, Julie Hayes, Kirsten Pike, Leah Poulton, Jodie Purves (wk).

New Zealand squad Haidee Tiffen (capt), Nicola Browne, Maria Fahey, Louise Milliken, Helen Watson, Aimee Mason, Rebecca Rolls, Sarah Burke, Sara McGlashan, Ros Kember, Sophie Devine, Anna Dodd, Sarah Tsukigawa.

Itinerary
October 18, Twenty20, Australia v New Zealand (all games at Allan Border Field, Brisbane)
October 20, 1st ODI, Australia v New Zealand
October 22, 2nd ODI, Australia v New Zealand
October 24, 3rd ODI, Australia v New Zealand
October 26, 4th ODI, Australia v New Zealand
October 28, 5th ODI, Australia v New Zealand

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