Darcie Brown, Tahlia McGrath, Megan Schutt and Amanda-Jade Wellington will all wear national colours in the coming weeks as the battle for the Ashes continues on Australian soil. South Australian based fans with have plenty of opportunity to see our local players take the field, with three T20I’s scheduled for Adelaide Oval, and three Australia A clashes set for Karen Rolton Oval.

For Schutt, it is a return to the biggest stage following a break from the game due to the birth of her first child with wife Jess. Bringing more than 140 international games of experience to the team, the right-arm quick is sure to settle back in without missing a beat.

The selection continues a truly remarkable summer for McGrath, who was named Player of the Series when Australia took on India in September, following consistently brilliant performances with both bat and ball. Displaying leadership qualities during WBBL|07 when she captained the Strikers to a Grand Final, the allrounder’s star continues to rise and shows no signs of slowing.

Another cricketer with limitless potential, Darcie Brown holds her place in the Australian side following both limited overs and Test debuts in the past 12 months. In September, Brown became the youngest Australian to take four wickets in a One Day International when she tore through India’s line-up with ferocious pace and relentless accuracy.

Wellington makes a return to the national fold with the announcement, as the prodigious leg-spinner takes her place within the Australia A squad. Debuting in ODIs in 2016, Wellington has played all three formats in green and gold, and has earned the call-up via a stunning WBBL|07 campaign that saw her claim the trophy as the tournament’s highest wicket-taker.

Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers Assistant Coach Jude Coleman will take the reins of Australia A as they take on England A, and the dual Kath Smith medallist can’t wait to get started.

“I am really excited and proud to be given this opportunity. Many of the players selected in the Aus A squad have come off a successful WBBL season or WNCL games and there is a great mix of experience and youth, so I am looking forward to seeing what the team can do. I think it will be a real privilege to witness from the coaching box some of the cricket we will see in this tournament.”

The multi-format series will begin on 20 January with three T20 Internationals at Adelaide Oval, followed by the Test match at Manuka Oval in Canberra from January 27-30. Manuka Oval will also host the first One-Day International, a day-night clash on February 3, while the following two ODIs will be played at Melbourne’s Junction Oval on February 6 and 8.

Across the series, teams are awarded two points for each ODI and T20 INTL win, while a Test win is worth four points. If a match is drawn the points are shared. The team that accumulates the most points at the end of the series will be awarded the Ashes.

Speaking on the squad, National Selector, Shawn Flegler said:

“This was a tough selection process with so many players coming off strong WBBL tournaments, but we’re confident we’ve selected a balanced, all-round squad with players who can perform across all three formats.

“It’s great to have Rachael Haynes and Megan Schutt back in the side having missed the India series due to personal reasons as well as Jess who’s recovered from a lower-leg injury; the experience those three bring to the side is invaluable during a series like the Ashes.

Australian Squad

Darcie Brown (SA/Northern Districts CC)
Nicola Carey (TAS/North Hobart CC)
Hannah Darlington (NSW/Campbelltown-Camden CC)
Ashleigh Gardner (NSW/Bankstown CC)
Rachael Haynes (VC) (NSW/Sydney CC)
Alyssa Healy (NSW/Sydney CC)
Jess Jonassen (QLD/University of Queensland CC)
Alana King (WA/Midland Guildford CC)
Meg Lanning (C) (VIC/Box Hill CC)
Tahlia McGrath (SA/Glenelg CC)
Beth Mooney (QLD/Sandgate-Redcliffe CC)
Ellyse Perry (VIC/Dandenong CC)
Megan Schutt (SA/Sturt CC)
Annabel Sutherland (VIC/Prahan CC)
Tayla Vlaeminck (VIC/Plenty Valley CC)

Head Coach: Matthew Mott
Assistant Coaches: Shelley Nitschke, Ben Sawyer

Australia A Squad

Maitlan Brown (NSW
Erin Burns (NSW/Bankstown CC)
Stella Campbell (NSW/Universities Women's CC)
Nicole Faltum (VIC/Dandenong CC)
Tess Flintoff (VIC/Ringwood CC)
Heather Graham (TAS/Clarence CC)
Grace Harris (QLD/Western Suburbs CC)
Phoebe Litchfield (NSW/Penrith CC)
Katie Mack (ACT/Tuggeranong Valley CC)
Georgia Redmayne (C) (QLD/Gold Coast CC)
Courtney Sippel (QLD/Gold Coast CC)
Molly Strano (TAS/North Hobart CC)
Elyse Villani (TAS/North Hobart CC)
Georgia Voll (QLD/Sandgate-Redcliffe CC)
Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA/West Torrens CC)

Coach: Jude Coleman
Assistant Coach: Dan Marsh

Tickets to the Test are currently available via Ticketek, with fans able to purchase tickets to the T20Is and ODIs from 1pm AEDT today (11am AEDT for members of the Australian Cricket Family). For more information visit cricket.com.au/tickets. 

Fans unable to attend matches can tune in live via the Seven Network, Foxtel, Kayo, ABC Radio and the CA Live App.

The tour is once again proudly presented by Commonwealth Bank, continuing their longstanding support of the women’s game, at all levels in Australia.

Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Schedule

January 20: 1st T20I, 6:40pm, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
January 22: 2nd T20I, 1:40pm, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
January 23: 3rd T20I, 1:40pm, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
January 27 – January 30: Test Match, 10am, Manuka Oval, Canberra  
February 3: 1st ODI, 2:10pm, Manuka Oval, Canberra
February 6: 2nd ODI, 10:05am, Junction Oval, Melbourne  
February 8: 3rd ODI, 10:05am, Junction Oval, Melbourne

Australia A v England A

January 20: 1st T20, 10:30am, Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
January 21: 2nd T20, 2:30pm, Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
January 23: 3rd T20, 9:30am, Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
January 28: 1st 50-over match, 10am, Phillip Oval, Canberra
January 30: 2nd 50-over match, 10am, Phillip Oval, Canberra
February 2: 3rd 50-over match, 10am, Phillip Oval, Canberra