Australia will take on New Zealand in three Twenty20 Internationals from 28 March, before the coveted Rose Bowl Trophy goes on the line in three One-Day Internationals from 4 April.
Brown is in line for a national debut after forcing her way into calculations with a strong WBBL tournament and an equally impressive start to the Scorpions WNCL campaign. Yet to celebrate her 18th birthday, Brown was named in the WBBL|06 Team of Tournament and awarded the Young Gun award as the best player under 21 years of age.
At the other end of the experience ledger, Scorpions skipper Megan Schutt has represented Australia 136 times, including 70 T20 Internationals yielding 93 wickets at the stunning average of 15.31. Schutt has been a mainstay of the Australian team since her One Day International debut in 2012, appearing in all three formats with regularity.
Tegan McGrath returns to the national setup with five ODI’s and a Test Match in her kitbag and will be looking to take to the T20I stage for the first time. McGrath recently faced New Zealand in Australia’s ODI victory last October, scoring 29* (11).
Commenting on the squad, National Selector Shawn Flegler said:
“We’re excited to announce this 17-player squad for the Commonwealth Bank Tour of New Zealand after a long break from national commitments for our playing group. Throughout that period the likes of Darcie Brown and Hannah Darlington have impressed us with their skill and professionalism, and we are delighted to reward them with selection in this squad.
“Darcie enjoyed an excellent rebel WBBL campaign with the Adelaide Strikers and has also made a great start to the WNCL with the SA Scorpions. Her ability to bowl fast outswing makes her an exciting prospect at just 17 years old.”
Meg Lanning (Victoria, captain)
Rachael Haynes (New South Wales, vice-captain)
Darcie Brown (South Australia)
Nicola Carey (Tasmania)
Hannah Darlington (New South Wales)
Ashleigh Gardner (New South Wales)
Alyssa Healy (New South Wales)
Jess Jonassen (Queensland)
Tahlia McGrath (South Australia)
Sophie Molineux (Victoria)
Beth Mooney (Queensland)
Ellyse Perry (Victoria)
Megan Schutt (South Australia)
Annabel Sutherland (Victoria)
Belinda Vakarewa (Tasmania)
Tayla Vlaeminck (Victoria)
Georgia Wareham (Victoria)