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Southern Stars contract list announced

UPDATED 08 February, 2013 4:08PM AEST | by Cricket Australia 1

The Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP) has today announced an 18-player AIS-Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad for the 2012-13 contract period.

The AIS-Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad is:

Name

State

Age

Alex Blackwell

NSW

28

Melissa Bulow

QLD

31

Jess Cameron

VIC

22

Sarah Coyte

NSW

21

Lauren Ebsary

SA

29

Sarah Elliott

VIC

30

Jodie Fields

QLD

27

Rachael Haynes

NSW

26

Alyssa Healy

NSW

22

Julie Hunter

VIC

28

Jessica Jonassen

QLD

19

Meg Lanning

VIC

20

Sharon Millanta

NSW

31

Erin Osborne

NSW

22

Ellyse Perry

NSW

21

Leah Poulton

NSW

28

Clea Smith

VIC

33

Lisa Sthalekar

NSW

32

 

In: Melissa Bulow,

Out: Shelley Nitschke (retirement), Annie-Rose Maloney (omitted)

 

Commenting on the squad, WNSP Chair Julie Savage said: “The WNSP has selected a strong AIS-Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad for the forthcoming season that includes two ICC ranking events - the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka in September 2012 and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to be held in India in March 2013. It is pleasing to see minimal change in the squad, reflecting the good performances of the team over the past 12 months.

 

“There are two omissions from the previous squad, Shelley Nitschke who has retired from international cricket and Annie-Rose Maloney who experienced a disappointing domestic season with the ball.

 

“Melissa Bulow has been added to the squad following an outstanding WT20 season for the Queensland Fire in which she was the leading run scorer, scoring 505 runs at an average of 50.5 and a strike rate of 119.39.

 

“It is important that we recognise consistent high-level performances at domestic level; the WNSP would like to see more players use this avenue to stake their claims for inclusion in the touring squad over the 2012-13 season.”

 

AIS Director Matt Favier said he was extremely proud of the AIS program’s role in the development of women’s cricket.

 

“Women’s cricket is going from strength to strength in Australia, and with new talent emerging with even better skills and performance we at the AIS are immensely proud of our contribution to the development of the players,” Favier said.

 

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission Women in Sport Media Grant which aims to increase and enhance the exposure and reach of women’s sport in the Australian media.

 

Profiles can be found here: http://www.cricket.com.au/teams/australia-women   


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The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 10 April, 2012 1:28PM AEDT

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