Women in Australia have chosen two uncovered teens for their three-match series T20I against New Zealand women at home. Georgia Wareham, Victoria's leg runner, and fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck, both 19 years old, were named in a 13-player squad, led by Meg Lanning. The series will serve as preparation for the T20 Women's World Cup in the West Indies in November. Jess Jonassen, the veteran left-arm pitcher, was lost after suffering a knee injury in an internal test match at the Gold Coast this week.
"There is no doubt that it is a great leap to the international stage, but both Tayla and Georgia have gone through the National Performance Squad during the winter," said Lanning. "I'm really sure that he prepared them very well to come from our side and really contribute."
Wareham has been part of the national performance squad for some time, and has played in the Big Bash Women's League, where she is presented for the Melbourne Renegades. Vlaeminck has had to endure a difficult road to the national side, having undergone two knee reconstruction procedures and a dislocated shoulder. He spent the last season recovering from a second ACL injury.
"It's nice to see young players, like Georgia and Tayla, get up for the national team," said Shawn Flegler, the national coach. "While they have not played much national cricket, Georgia has represented the Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL, and both players have gone through the path of the players, having participated in the inaugural tour of children under 19 years and being part of the national performance squad this winter.
"We are really fortunate with the depth we have, particularly in the leg turn department, and we feel that Georgia offers the complete package that is required for the T20 cricket: she is an excellent gardener, and her bowling really has Progressed in the last 12 months. "
"Tayla is a little different than anyone else in the country, she has had bad luck with injuries in recent years, but she came back and acted at the right time, Tayla has the attributes to be the key player. Take the first places, she is young and competitive. "
Although they welcome new talent, Australia will be sweating because of Jonassen's physical form. With 58 caps, the 25-year-old Jonassen, who is the 7th T20I bowler in the world, is one of the most experienced players in Australia and could play an important role in the T20 World Cup.
However, he will undergo arthroscopic surgery, which calls into question his participation in the tournament. Team physiotherapist Kate Mahony said the procedure, which will be carried out later in the week, will present a clearer picture regarding the deadline for possible performance.
Australia and New Zealand face off in three T20I, starting on September 29 in Sydney. Brisbane and Canberra are scheduled to host the other two games.
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