OSBORNE INCLUDED IN WORLD CUP SQUAD

Erin Osborne celebrates with the Southern Stars after claiming a wicket against the West Indies in 2014.

Erin Osborne celebrates with the Southern Stars after claiming a wicket against the West Indies in 2014. Image: Mark Kolbe

Highly talented Abode Hotels ACT Meteor Erin Osborne has been included in the extended 21-player Australian squad ahead of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England and Wales.

A mix of current Australian representatives make up the bulk of the squad along with the uncapped bowling quartet of Sarah Aley, Piepa Cleary, Molly Strano and Belinda Vakarewa, all of whom could be in line to make their One-Day International debuts this winter.

The final 15-player squad will be selected following a three-week training camp at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane from 24 April – 12 May.

Following selection of the squad, National Selector Shawn Flegler said: “We are really excited about players that have been chosen in this initial squad and are looking forward to seeing them put their best foot forward over the next three weeks.

“There’s some great depth in the squad with the more experienced players complemented by a number of new faces who have shown they can hold their own at this level.

“The ICC Women’s Championship showed us how tough this year’s tournament is going to be and the players know they’re going to have to be at the top of their game to win the title.”

Australia will be looking to make a strong start to their campaign which begins on 26 June against the West Indies at The Country Ground, Taunton.  

England, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will join Australia in the tournament with each side to face off against the other seven nations concluding with semi-finals at Bristol and Derby before the final at Lords on 23 July.

Australia are the defending champions having won a record sixth World Cup in 2013 after defeating the West Indies by 114 runs in the final in India.

The squad is as follows:

Name

State

Sarah Aley

NSW

Kristen Beams

VIC

Alex Blackwell

NSW

Nicole Bolton

WA

Piepa Cleary

WA

Holly Ferling

QLD

Ashleigh Gardner

NSW

Grace Harris

QLD

Rachael Haynes

NSW

Alyssa Healy

NSW

Jess Jonassen

QLD

Meg Lanning

VIC

Tahlia McGrath

SA

Beth Mooney

QLD

Erin Osborne

ACT

Ellyse Perry

NSW

Megan Schutt

SA

Molly Strano

VIC

Belinda Vakarewa

NSW

Elyse Villani

WA

Amanda-Jade Wellington

SA

Australia's World Cup schedule

June 26: Australia v West Indies, Taunton

June 29: Australia v Sri Lanka, Bristol

July 2: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol

July 5: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester

July 9: Australia v England, Bristol

July 12: Australia v India, Bristol

July 15: Australia v South Africa, Taunton

July 18: First semi-final, Bristol

July 20: Second semi-final, Derby

July 23: Final, Lord's

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