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Lauren Cheatle, Jess Jonassen recalled to face New Zealand, Molineux ruled out

Lauren Cheatle celebrates a wicket Getty Images

Left-arm seamer Lauren Cheatle is in line for her first international appearance in nearly two years after being recalled to Australia's one-day squad for the Rose Bowl series against New Zealand later this month.

Cheatle took 14 wickets in the WBBL for Sydney Sixers and seven wickets in five matches in the recently completed Women's National Cricket League. Jess Jonassen is also back in the mix after missing the series against Pakistan in Malaysia late last year.

Nicole Bolton remains unavailable as she continues her break from the game which started during the WBBL, while fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck is recovering from a knee injury.

Brisbane Heat's Delissa Kimmince, who was originally dropped from the squad, has been recalled to replace* the left-arm spin-bowling allrounder Sophie Molineux, who was ruled out of the series after suffering a shoulder injury while training for Victoria. Kimmince scored 44 and claimed 2 for 52 with the ball during Queensland's defeat to New South Wales in the WNCL final.

"Nicole is unavailable continuing her leave taken during the Big Bash, while the decision was made not to rush Tayla back from a knee injury that ruled her out of the back-end of the Big Bash and last round of domestic cricket," national selector Shawn Flegler said.

"Lauren Cheatle really impressed on the Australia A tour to India in October, and it's pleasing to see her back playing regular cricket after a string of injuries and we're confident that her ability to swing the ball will be a challenge for New Zealand."

"Sophie suffered a right shoulder subluxation whilst diving during a fielding drill at training earlier in the week," said Kate Mahony, the Australian team's physiotherapist. "A scan has revealed significant soft-tissue injury and as a result, she is unavailable for the upcoming series against New Zealand. She will be reviewed over the coming days to determine rehabilitation and return to play time-frame."

Australia captain Meg Lanning was aware of the threat New Zealand will pose in the three matches in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. "There's a lot on the line throughout this series. We've been watching New Zealand play quite well against India in the last few weeks as well. A good challenge for our group and really important we finish off the summer well."

"We know they've got a very strong team, probably led by Satterthwaite, Bates and Devine. So we're not surprised they've been playing well. Especially against a strong T20 unit in India. We expect them to come over here and play well and we're looking forward to the challenge of that."

Elyse Villani is part of the squad as she continues to make good progress in her recovery from a hamstring injury sustained in the WBBL.

"All progressing as planned, Elyse will tick off the final aspects of her rehabilitation over the next week and we expect that she will be fully fit for the start of the NZ series," Australia's physio Kate Mahony said.

The selectors also named the squad for Governor-General's match against New Zealand which will take place on February 28 at Drummoyne Oval. Heather Graham, who was named Domestic Player of the Year at the Australian Cricket Awards, has been included in a side to be captained by Alex Blackwell.

Squad Meg Lanning (capt), Rachael Haynes, Nicola Carey, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince*, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Georgia Wareham

Governor-General squad Alex Blackwell (capt), Erin Burns, Josie Dooley, Nicole Faltum, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Phoebe Litchfield, Tahlia McGrath, Rachel Rae-Martin (Australian Defence Force), Annabel Sutherland, Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa

*9:20am GMT - The squad and article were updated to include news of Sophie Molineux's injury