SCHEDULE - AUSTRALIA (GROUP A)
- Vs India, at 4:30 pm, on Friday, July 29 at Edgbaston, Birmingham (the only venue for the CWG)
- Vs Barbados, at 11:30 pm, on Sunday, July 31
- Vs Pakistan, at 4:30 pm, on Wednesday, August 3
- Vs India: Won – 16, Lost – 6, NR – 1
- Vs West Indies (for Barbados): Won – 12, Lost – 1, NR – 0
- Vs Pakistan: Won – 10, Lost – 0, NR – 2
- World Cup and Ashes winners in 2022
- Undefeated in T20Is this year
- Heading into the CWG winning the T20 Tri-series in Ireland against Ireland and Pakistan
SQUAD FOR THE CWG:
KEY TALKING POINTS:
Unanimous favorites - Australia come into this tournament as the favorites to bag the gold medal. They are the trophy holders in both T20Is & ODIs.
All bases covered - Australia has the anchors, big-hitters, spin all-rounders, pace all-rounders, express pace, wrist-spinners, swing bowlers, & a great leader. They have all the bases covered!
Impeccable batting depth - When we look at Australia's squad, there are only 1-2 players that you look at and think that they can't bat much. Rest all are more than capable of batting pretty well.
Fresh from a series win - Australia were in Ireland and won the rain-affected tri-series against Ireland & Pakistan. The remained undefeated & the series marked as a good training ground for the CWG.
Ellyse Perry becoming out of favor - Never in a million years would one have thought that Perry would not be a preferred starter in any format of the game. But, such cut-throat is the competition amongst the team & more than anything, a willingness of the selectors and skipper to keep the ego and reputation aside by leaving out a player of Perry's caliber.
LIKELY STARTING XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes, Tahlia McGrath, Ash Gardner, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown