Stella Campbell has been included in the Australian Ashes squad for this week’s one-off test at Manuka Oval, following Tayla Vlaeminck’s season-ending foot injury.
The towering Campbell won 7-25 at Manuka Oval in a domestic one-day match earlier this month, and Australia are hoping the 19-year-old, who made her test debut against India at the start of the summer, can replicate his red-ball heroism this year. week.
Campbell was part of the Australia A-squad that tours with the Ashes group.
“Stella bowled well for us in the test match against India and now offers another fast bowling option now that Tayla is injured,” said national selector Shawn Flegler.
“We will continue to assess the conditions in the coming days before making the team final.”
Australian coach Matthew Mott said last week he planned to play both Vlaeminck and fellow fast bowler Darcie Brown in the same Test XI before the Victorian was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her right foot.
That aggressive thinking from selectors suggests Campbell will likely fill that role alongside fellow teenager Brown against England.
All-rounder Ashleigh Gardner, who had a close-up of Campbell’s stunning spell for New South Wales against the ACT Meteors on January 6, props up the right arm to prove unplayable again if selected.
“It’s going to be pretty interesting to see what kind of wicket we have for the first day of the test match,” Gardner said.
“When we played the ACT here for New South Wales, Stella was almost unplayable and to have her back in the Test squad is really exciting.
“The confidence she can take out of that WNCL game to go into this game… it’s really exciting to be on her team. Hopefully she can repeat that when she plays.”
Grace Harris has returned to the Australia A group after being promoted to the Ashes squad as a T20 cover for Beth Mooney, with Mooney increasingly likely to appear in the Test after undergoing surgery on her fractured jaw last Tuesday undergo.
Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes v England
Australia Ashes Squad: Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Stella Campbell, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (vc), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland
England Ashes squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver (vc), Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers , Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt
Australia leads the multi-format 4-2 . series
January 20: Australia won by nine wickets
Jan 22: No result
January 23: Match Leaving without a ball thrown
January 27-30: Test Match, Manuka Oval, 10 a.m. AEDT,
February 3: First ODI, Manuka Oval (D/N), 2:10 PM AEDT
February 6: Second ODI, Junction Oval, 10:05 AM AEDT
February 8th: Third ODI, Junction Oval, 10:05 AM AEDT