Schutt, 25, had a standout 2017-18 season, being named Player of the Series in the recent women’s tour of India and she was elevated to the top of the ICC rankings for T20I bowling.

Twenty-year-old legspinner Wellington has been given her second contract after a solid season, which included a Test debut and her maiden century at State level.

Allrounder Gardner, 20, was not initially awarded a national contract last year, however she was upgraded after playing the required amount of international matches.

Gardner is recognised for her high strike-rate and hard hitting, recently combining the two to make the fastest WBBL century, playing with the title-winning Sydney Sixers side.

McGrath, 22, joins the National Performance Squad, made up of a host of exciting young cricketers set to spend precious time at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, learning and training under High Performance Coach Leah Poulton.

Playing in last year’s Commonwealth Bank women’s Ashes series, McGrath is currently nursing a back injury, which first developed prior to the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, forcing her to miss out on final squad selection.

2018-19 CA Women’s Contract List
Nicole Bolton (WA, 29)
Nicola Carey (NSW, 24)
Ashleigh Gardner (SA, 20)
Rachael Haynes (NSW, 31)
Alyssa Healy (NSW, 28)
Jessica Jonassen (QLD, 25)
Delissa Kimmince (QLD, 28)
Meg Lanning (VIC, 26)
Sophie Molineux (VIC, 20)
Beth Mooney (QLD, 24)
Ellyse Perry (NSW, 27)
Megan Schutt (SA, 25)
Elyse Villani (WA, 28)
Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA, 20)

2018 Women’s National Performance Squad (NPS)
Lauren Cheatle (NSW, 19)
Piepa Cleary (WA, 21)
Josephine Dooley (QLD, 18)
Erin Fazackerley (TAS, 19)
Heather Graham (WA, 21)
Saskia Horley (NSW, 18)
Belinda Vakarewa (NSW, 20)
Tayla Vlaeminck (VIC, 19)
Georgia Wareham (VIC, 18)
Tahlia McGrath (SA, 22)
Maitlan Brown (ACT, 20)
Annabel Sutherland (VIC, 16)
Rachel Trenaman (NSW, 16)