Cheatle & McGrath in Australia squad for Women's Ashes
Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia McGrath have recovered from injury and are in the Australia squad for the Women’s Ashes.
Cheatle, sidelined for six months with a shoulder injury, missed the World Cup but is now fit enough to face England in the multi-format series.
McGrath played her first match in eight months on October 6 after suffering a stress fracture in pre-season.
Former captain Meg Lanning is ruled out through injury but uncapped wicketkeeper Beth Mooney is included.
Test newcomers McGrath and Cheatle will be joined in the 15-strong Ashes squad by fellow bowlers Ashleigh Gardner, Belinda Vakarewa and Amanda-Jade Wellington.
National selector Shawn Flegler said: “This was a really tough selection process for the panel with some talented players missing out, but we’re confident we have selected a balanced side that has the potential to beat England and retain the Ashes.
“This series presents a golden opportunity for the team to reinstate themselves as the number one-ranked side in the world.”
Heather Knight’s England will look to regain the Ashes in the multi-format series that begins on 22 October.
Points are awarded across three one-day internationals, one Test and three Twenty20s.
Full Test squad: Kristen Beams (VIC), Alex Blackwell (NSW), Nicole Bolton (WA), Lauren Cheatle (NSW), Ashleigh Gardner (SA), Rachael Haynes (NSW), Alyssa Healy (NSW), Jess Jonassen (QLD), Tahlia McGrath (SA), Beth Mooney (QLD), Ellyse Perry (NSW), Megan Schutt (SA), Belinda Vakarewa (NSW), Elyse Villani (WA), Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA).