“While we welcome Meg back, Alyssa won’t have recovered from her calf injury in time, so that presents an opportunity for Beth [Mooney] to take the gloves in her absence.”
A squad for the following three T20Is against Pakistan and the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa is yet to be announced.
Flegler remains confident Jess Jonassen, who had a hamstring injury in the India series, will prove her fitness for the Pakistan matches.
Heather Graham, Amanda-Jade Wellington and Grace Harris are prominent names to miss selection. Flegler said they remained in contention for the Pakistan T20s and the World Cup.
Also yesterday, Wellington and Graham were named in a 12-player squad for the Governor-General’s XI to take on Pakistan, but Harris again missed out.
The development team will play a 50-over match on January 13 at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field. Able Seaman Charlee Masters, a medium pace bowler, will represent the Australian Defence Force in the match.
AUSTRALIAN SQUAD: Meg Lanning (capt), Tahlia McGrath, Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland.
GOVERNOR-GENERAL’S XI SQUAD: Able Seaman Charlee Masters (Australian Defence Force), Lauren Cheatle, Tess Flintoff, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Charli Knott, Phoebe Litchfield, Courtney Sippel, Rachel Trenaman, Georgia Voll, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Tahlia Wilson.