Women's Ashes ODIs
CA announce 2019-20 women's contract list
One addition to the list of players handed national deals plus the latest intake of the National Performance Squad is revealed
4 April 2019, 10:00 AM AEST
Teenage leg-spinner Georgia Wareham’s stunning first summer of international cricket has paid off with the Victorian one of 14 players awarded a Cricket Australia contract for 2019-20.
The consistency of the No.1 ranked Australians has been reflected in the contract list, with Wareham – who was elevated to a CA contract during the 2018-19 summer after making her T20I debut against New Zealand in December – the only addition to last year’s group.
In her first season in the green and gold, the Victorian was part of whitewash series wins against New Zealand and Pakistan while she picked up two wickets and pulled off an incredible direct-hit run out as Australia defeated England in the final of last November’s T20 World Cup.
Fellow leg-spinner Amanda-Jade Wellington is the notable absentee from the contract list with the talented South Australian included in the 14-player National Performance Squad. Contracts have been awarded based on performances across the past 12 months.
2019-20 CA Women's Contract List: Nicole Bolton (WA, 30), Nicola Carey (NSW, 25), Ashleigh Gardner (NSW, 21), Rachael Haynes (NSW, 32), Alyssa Healy (NSW, 29), Jessica Jonassen (Qld, 26), Delissa Kimmince (Qld, 29), Meg Lanning (Vic, 27), Sophie Molineux (Vic, 21), Beth Mooney (Qld, 25), Ellyse Perry (Vic, 28), Megan Schutt (SA, 26), Elyse Villani (Vic, 29), Georgia Wareham (Vic, 19).
"Overall there has been minimal change in the CA Contract list, which we believe is a good sign leading into a very important year with the Ashes and a home T20 World Cup," said National Selector Shawn Flegler.
"Georgia Wareham was upgraded onto the list during the season and has been rewarded with her first full contract.
"Amanda-Jade Wellington misses out on a contract after losing her spot in the side earlier in the season. Amanda-Jade is aware of what she needs to improve to put herself back in contention for selection and her first opportunity is through the NPS Program.
"Tayla Vlaeminck and Lauren Cheatle both played games for Australia last summer and, like all players in the domestic system, are eligible for an upgrade contract should they force their way into the Australian Team over the coming season."
Australia sit on top of both the ODI and T20I rankings (there are no women’s Test rankings) and are preparing for their biggest year yet.
It will begin with an Ashes campaign in the UK, where Australia will meet England in three ODIs, one Test and three T20Is, ahead of bilateral series against the West Indies (away) and Sri Lanka (home).
Meg Lanning’s team will then defend their 2018 T20 World Cup title on home soil when the 2020 edition of the tournament begins in Sydney on February 21.
CA has also confirmed the 14 players included in the 2019 Women's National Performance Squad, which will see a host of up-and-coming young players spend precious time in camp at the Bupa National Cricket Centre, where they’ll work on their skills under the watchful eye of High Performance Coach Leah Poulton.
Now in its third year, the NPS program has already produced three Australian debutants in Wareham, Sophie Molineux and Tayla Vlaeminck – who is again part of the program.
The NPS group also includes internationally capped quartet Amanda-Jade Wellington, Tahlia McGrath, Lauren Cheatle and Belinda Vakarewa.
2019 Women's National Performance Squad: Maitlan Brown (ACT/Renegades, 21), Lauren Cheatle (NSW/Sixers, 20), Maddy Darke (NSW, 18), Josie Dooley (Qld/Heat, 19), Nicole Faltum (Vic/Stars, 19), Heather Graham (WA/Scorchers, 22), Alana King (Vic/Stars, 23), Tahlia McGrath (SA/Strikers, 23), Annabel Sutherland (Vic/Stars, 17)*, Rachel Trenaman (NSW/Thunder, 17)*, Belinda Vakarewa (NSW/Thunder, 21), Tayla Vlaeminck (Vic/Renegades, 20), Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA/Strikers, 21), Tahlia Wilson (NSW/Sixers, 19)
*Denotes part-time scholars.
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Second ODI Grace Road, Leicester, July 4
Third ODI St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, July 7
First T20 County Ground, Chelmsford, July 26
Second T20 The County Ground, Hove, July 28
Third T20 Bristol County Ground, Bristol, July 31