Commonwealth Games 2022
Going for gold: All the Commonwealth Games squads
See all the players competing for Commonwealth Games gold in Birmingham
Laura Jolly in Birmingham
24 July 2022, 10:19 AM AEST
Australia will begin a new era with an unchanged squad, with the same group that won the ODI World Cup in New Zealand in April heading to Birmingham to chase Commonwealth Games gold.
Shelley Nitschke will take the reins as interim head coach after Matthew Mott's departure to take up a position coaching England's men's white-ball squads. She will be joined by assistants Dan Marsh and Jude Coleman, after former assistant Ben Sawyer’s move to coach New Zealand’s women.
With Georgia Wareham (ruptured left ACL), Sophie Molineux and Tayla Vlaeminck (both with right foot stress fractures) still on the comeback trail from their respective injuries, selectors had a simple job.
First game: July 29 v India, Edgbaston
Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Beth Mooney, Tahlia McGrath, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
Barbados was selected as the "representative team" for West Indies at the event in Birmingham, which means many of the familiar faces from the Caribbean team will not be part of the event.
That includes Stafanie Taylor, who hails from Jamaica, but Hayley Matthews will be joined by West Indies regulars and fellow Bajans Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight and Shakera Selman.
First game: July 29 v Pakistan, Edgbaston
Squad: Aaliyah Alleyne, Shanika Bruce, Shai Carrington, Shaunte Carrington, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Keila Elliott, Trishan Holder, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Alisa Scantlebury, Shakera Selman, Tiffany Thorpe, Aaliyah Williams.
India have named a strong squad led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur and deputy Smriti Mandhana for the Games. Taniya Bhatia has regained favour as India’s preferred wicketkeeper, replacing Richa Ghosh, who has been named as a reserve. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav, who famously tore through Australia in the opening game of the 2020 T20 World Cup, did not make the cut but as also been named as back-up.
First game: July 29 v Australia, Edgbaston
Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Sabbhineni Meghana, Taniya Sapna Bhatia, Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Thakur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Radha Yadav, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana.
Pakistan have named the same group that pulled off their maiden T20I series sweep against Sri Lanka in May.
One bowler to watch out for is leg-spinner Tuba Hassan, who made her debut against Sri Lanka and was named player of the series after taking five wickets in three games.
Another player to look out for is 17-year-old Ayesha Naseem – another player who was not part of the Pakistan side during the ODI World Cup and who produced a match-winning unbeaten 45 off 31 during the Sri Lanka series.
First game: July 29 v Barbados, Edgbaston
Squad: Bismah Maroof (c), Aimen Anwar, Aliya Riaz, Anam Amin, Ayesha Naseem, Diana Baig, Fatima Sana, Gul Feroza, Iram Javed, Kainat Imtiaz, Muneeba Ali Siddiqui, Nida Dar, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Tuba Hassan.
England have dropped experienced opener Tammy Beaumont, opting for youth over experience in their 15-player squad.
Uncapped teenagers Alice Capsey and Freya Kemp – both 17 years of age – have been handed their first England call-ups, while 20-year-old quick Issy Wong, who made her ODI debut last week, and Bryony Smith, 24, are also fresh faces.
Beaumont, who has played 99 T20Is for England, was the notable omission.
First game: July 30 v Sri Lanka, Edgbaston
Squad: Heather Knight (c), Nat Sciver (vc), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt.
The White Ferns were struck a couple of blows before their departure for the United Kingdom, with pace bowler Jess Kerr ruled out due to a foot injury and Lauren Down pulling out of the squad to focus on her well-being.
The pair were replaced by Lea Tahuhu – the veteran quick had been initially overlooked for the tournament – and the uncapped Claudia Green. A notable absentee is former White Ferns captain Amy Satterthwaite, who retired from international cricket when her central contract was not renewed in April.
New Zealand also have a new coach, with former Australia assistant and Sydney Sixers head coach Ben Sawyer taking the reins for his first series at the helm.
First game: July 30 v South Africa, Edgbaston
Squad: Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Izzy Gaze, Claudia Green, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.
The Proteas could go into the Commonwealth Games without three of their biggest stars, with Marizanne Kapp in doubt after leaving South Africa’s ongoing tour of England to return home to South Africa for family reasons.
Kapp's wife, Dane van Niekerk, later posted on Instagram that their brother-in-law had been involved in an accident that had left him in intensive care.
An update on Kapp’s availability for the Birmingham event is expected in the coming days.
Van Niekerk, who is still recovering from the fractured ankle that ruled her out of the World Cup earlier this year, is confirmed to be missing the tournament, alongside opener Lizelle Lee, whose sudden retirement from international cricket during the Proteas’ multi-format tour of England surprised many.
Sune Luus will captain in van Niekerk’s absence, while Mignon du Preez makes a welcome return to Proteas colours, having been absent from the early stages of their England tour following her retirement from Tests and ODIs in April.
First game: July 30 v New Zealand, Edgbaston
Squad: Suné Luus (c), Chloé Tryon (vc), Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp (TBC), Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Laura Wolvaardt.
Uncapped leg-spinner Rashmi Silva has been included in Sri Lanka's 15-member squad, having made her ODI debut against India earlier this month.
Vishmi Gunaratne, a 16-year-old who made her international debut in January, has also made the squad, after impressing with 45 in a T20I against India in late June.
First game: July 30 v England, Edgbaston
Squad: Chamari Athapaththu (capt), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Vishmi Gunaratne, Malsha Shehani, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Rashmi de Silva, Oshadi Ranasinghe Anushka Sanjeewani.
2022 Commonwealth Games
July 29 v India (11am local time, 8pm AEST)
July 31 v Barbados (6pm local, 3am Aug 1 AEST)
August 3 v Pakistan (11am local, 8pm AEST)
Group A: Australia, India, Pakistan, Barbados
Group B: England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka
Semi-finals: August 6, 11am local (8pm AEST) and 6pm local (3am Aug 7 AEST)
Bronze medal match: August 7, 10am local (7pm AEST)
Gold medal match: August 7, 5pm local (2am Aug 8 AEST)
All matches played at Edgbaston Stadium