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Strikers duo to feature on world stage

09 February 2016

Schutt had a terrific debut season with the Adelaide Strikers.

Cricket Australia has today announced the men’s and women’s squads to represent Australia at the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in India, with WBBL Adelaide Strikers Megan Schutt and Sarah Coyte set to feature on the world stage.

Schutt and Coyte are part of a 15-player Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad that will be searching for their fourth straight title next month.

Chosen by Cricket Australia’s Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP), the 15-player squad will also tour New Zealand in the lead-up to the tournament for three T20Is on 28 February, 1 March and 4 March.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad:

 Meg Lanning (c)

 Victoria/Melbourne Stars
 Alex Blackwell (vc)  New South Wales/Sydney Thunder
 Kristen Beams  Victoria/Melbourne Stars
 Lauren Cheatle  New South Wales/Sydney Thunder
 Sarah Coyte  South Australia/Adelaide Strikers
 Rene Farrell  New South Wales/Sydney Thunder
 Holly Ferling  Queensland/Brisbane Heat
 Grace Harris  Queensland/Brisbane Heat
 Alyssa Healy  New South Wales/Sydney Sixers
 Jess Jonassen  Queensland/Brisbane Heat
 Beth Mooney  Queensland/Brisbane Heat
 Erin Osborne  ACT/Sydney Thunder
 Ellyse Perry  New South Wales/Sydney Sixers
 Megan Schutt
 South Australia/Adelaide Strikers
 Elyse Villani  Western Australia/Perth Scorchers


The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad to contest the ICC World Twenty20 includes 12 players from its recent home T20 International series against India, plus Perth Scorchers batter Elyse Villani, Sydney Thunder off-spinner Erin Osborne and Melbourne Stars leg-spinner Kristen Beams.

Commenting on the squad, WNSP Chairman of Selectors Shawn Flegler said: “We believe this group contains a good mix of youth and experience that will give us the best chance of contesting the ICC World T20 title.

“We’ve got a number of options covered with our bowling attack as well as several batters who can produce the attacking game-style we want to play.

“The players have had a solid build up to the tournament with strong competition against India in our recent home series, as well as the first season of the WBBL which not only included Australia’s leading players, but some excellent cricketers from overseas.

“That preparation, plus a short series against New Zealand later this month, should prepare the team well for a tough pool group at the World Twenty20. We know that we’ll need to be at the top of our game to overcome the other talented teams in the competition,” Flegler said.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ ICC World T20 fixture – Pool Group A

18 March v South Africa, Nagpur

21 March v New Zealand, Nagpur

24 Match v Sri Lanka, New Delhi

26 March v Ireland, New Delhi

Prior to the three T20s against New Zealand, a 13-player squad will compete in three ODIs against New Zealand on 20, 22 and 24 February.

Perth Scorchers batter Nicole Bolton has been selected in the Australian ODI squad only. T20-only players Osborne, Villani and Cheatle will join up with the Australian T20 squad in New Zealand after the ODIs on 26 February.

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars ODI squad is due to fly out to New Zealand on 18 February.