Meg Lanning has been rewarded for her stellar recent form in the Women’s Ashes by being named captain of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ T20 World Cup squad.
Prior to today’s announcement Jodie Fields was captain of the Southern Stars in all formats of the game, but with Fields returning from injury team management is keen to let her concentrate on getting fully fit.
Fields, who was injured in the Ashes in the UK last year, carried injuries through the domestic season and then broke her finger in January, will remain skipper of the Southern Stars’ Test and ODI teams.
“Jodie Fields’ season has been disrupted significantly with illness and injury. We believe the best outcome for Jodie and the team is for her to concentrate solely on her recovery and getting back to the best possible form with the bat and the gloves,” WNSP Chair of Selectors Julie Savage said.
“As a young captain, Meg performed extremely well in the recent 2014 Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series and is well placed to continue in the role. She has great leadership potential and is widely respected by her peers. We congratulate her on this appointment.”
The Southern Stars have also made one change to the squad for the T20 tournament in Bangladesh, with Delissa Kimmince coming in for Megan Schutt.
Kimmince starred in Queensland Fire’s win in the domestic T20 final last week, and was named player of the match. She last played for the Southern Stars in the ICC Women’s World Cup in Sydney in 2009.
“Delissa has had a very consistent domestic season with the bat and ball, which culminated in her player-of-the-match performance in the WT20 final last week. She thoroughly deserves her chance in the national line-up,” said Savage, who added that there is reason to be confident ahead of the World Cup.
“The majority of this squad has experienced World Cup success and understand what is required to perform at a high level in these tournaments,” Savage said.
“It has the right combination of firepower and finesse to maximise our chances of bringing home a third successive ICC Women’s World T20 trophy.”
The Southern Stars T20 Squad:
Meg Lanning (C) VIC
Jodie Fields (VC) QLD
Alex Blackwell NSW
Nicole Bolton WA
Jess Cameron VIC
Sarah Coyte NSW
Rene Farrell ACT
Holly Ferling QLD
Alyssa Healy NSW
Julie Hunter VIC
Jess Jonassen QLD
Delissa Kimmince QLD
Erin Osborne NSW
Ellyse Perry NSW
Elyse Villani VIC