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Pair picked for Australia A tour of India

10 October 2018

Amanda-Jade Wellington

Adelaide Strikers duo Amanda-Jade Wellington and Tahlia McGrath have been selected in a 14-player Australia A squad to tour India in late October.

Leg-spinner Wellington continues to impress in all formats after making her Test debut for Australia against England in November last year. The 21-year-old has also represented the country in 20 limited-overs matches, taking 25 wickets.

Wellington was the Strikers’ joint leading WBBL wicket-taker last summer, alongside allrounder Sophie Devine, with 17 scalps and best figures of 3/9.

Wellington WBBL highlights

McGrath, 22, was overlooked for a Cricket Australia contract this summer but remains on the radar for national selection.

The allrounder, who is set to play in India for the first time, was a regular contributor with both bat and ball for the Strikers in WBBL|03 her smashed her maiden Women's National Cricket League century for South Australia against Victoria last month.

The Australia A squad will play three 50-over matches and three T20s against India A in Mumbai. The team is currently in Brisbane for a pre-tour training camp and will depart for the subcontinent on Friday.

This is the first official women’s Australia A tour following a restructure of Cricket Australia’s National Talent Pathway last year. The defunct Shooting Stars, Australia’s under-23 team, was previously the only underage national team for women.  

Cricket Australia High Performance Coach and Australia A Head Coach, Leah Poulton said it was an exciting opportunity for the players selected.

“We’ve assembled a really exciting and talented group of players who have been presented with a wonderful opportunity to continue to develop their skills against a quality opposition in what will be challenging sub-continent conditions,” she said.

Australia A Tour of India
Samantha Bates (ACT)
Maitlan Brown (ACT)
Lauren Cheatle (NSW)
Piepa Cleary (WA)
Josephine Dooley (QLD)
Heather Graham (WA)
Sammy Jo Johnson (QLD)
Tahlia McGrath (SA)
Chloe Piparo (WA)
Georgia Redmayne (TAS)
Naomi Stalenberg (NSW)
Molly Strano (VIC)
Belinda Vakarewa (NSW)
Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA)

Australia A Tour of India Fixture
15 October: 1st 50-over match, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
17 October: 2nd 50-over match, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
19 October: 3rd 50-over match, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
22 October: 1st T20, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
24 October: 2nd T20, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai
26 October: 3rd T20, India A v Australia A, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai