Megan Schutt, the Scorpions inspirational captain and veteran of more than 140 international fixtures, requested not to be considered for selection as she wishes to remain in Adelaide for the impending birth of her first child with wife Jess.
McGrath has played five one-day internationals and one Test for Australia and has been selected on the back of brilliant performances in both the WNCL and WBBL|06 last summer. Possessing the ability to open both the batting and the bowling, McGrath is sure to be a valuable weapon for the national team against a strong Indian side.
Following a golden summer that saw debuts at the WBBL, T20 international and one-day international level, Darcie Brown’s remarkable ride shows no signs of slowing down. With express pace and consistent line and length, the teenager from the Barossa will be pushing for selection alongside the best in the world when the series commences.
Australia and India will face-off in all three formats, with the schedule including three one-day internationals, a historic day-night Test match at the WACA Ground and three Twenty20 Internationals.
SA Scorpions Head Coach Luke Williams spoke with excitement in the wake of the selections:
"We are delighted that Tahlia and Darcie have retained their places in the Australian squad and can't wait to see them again on the international stage. Their selection is deserved reward for past performances as well as the hard work and commitment they have demonstrated across the pre-season and we know they will perform strongly when given the opportunity."
Commenting on the squad, National Selector Shawn Flegler said:
“It’s great to be able to get this series off the ground having had to delay it last season and with so many world-class players across both sides, it’s going to be very entertaining cricket. India has played well against Australia in recent times and it’s going to be a real test for the group given they’ve not had any cricket in the lead-in.
“With the current landscape posing numerous challenges, we’ve named a larger squad than usual to ensure we have as many scenarios covered as possible. This season’s schedule is incredibly busy and as a result we’ve added extra depth to the pace bowling group to ensure there’s enough coverage across all formats and conditions.”
Commonwealth Bank Women’s ODI Series v India
September 19: North Sydney Oval (Day-night)
September 22: Junction Oval (Day)
September 24: Junction Oval (Day)
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Test v India
September 30 – October 3: WACA Ground (Day-night)
Commonwealth Bank Women’s T20I Series v India
October 7: North Sydney Oval (Night)
October 9: North Sydney Oval (Night)
October 11: North Sydney Oval (Night)
Meg Lanning (Captain, Victoria)
Rachael Haynes (Vice-Captain, New South Wales)
Darcie Brown (South Australia)
Maitlan Brown (New South Wales)
Stella Campbell (New South Wales)
Nicola Carey (Tasmania)
Hannah Darlington (New South Wales)
Ashleigh Gardner (New South Wales)
Alyssa Healy (New South Wales)
Tahlia McGrath (South Australia)
Sophie Molineux (Victoria)
Beth Mooney (Queensland)
Ellyse Perry (Victoria)
Georgia Redmayne (Queensland)
Molly Strano (Tasmania)
Annabel Sutherland (Victoria)
Tayla Vlaeminck (Victoria)
Georgia Wareham (Victoria)
18 August 2021