Aussies included 3 new faces in ~~Ashes~~ tour to England

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Australia's women's cricket selectors named three newcomers on Tuesday in the squad to play England in a two-Test series next month.

Queensland 22-year-old Sally Cooper as well as New South Wales' Lisa Sthalekar and Michelle Goszko were brought in as the selectors look to overhauling the side in preparation for the 2004 World Cup.

Skipper Belinda Clark said Australia was determined to keep in step with World Cup champions New Zealand, which is currently rebuilding along with England, which finished fifth in the tournament last December.

Australia lost by four runs in the One-day final at Christchurch last December, handing the Kiwis a first World Cup victory on home soil.

"After the World Cup, regardless of whether we won or lost, there was always going to be a rebuilding phase at some time, so the selectors have decided to start that off," Clark said.

The women hope to clinch their first version of the men's historic Ashes title after drawing the inaugural series in 1998.

Australia plays a two-Test series and three One-day games during the month-long tour, which also includes three One-dayers against Ireland.

The first four-day Test starts at Shenley on June 24, with the second Test at Headingley on July 6.

The women's tour will coincide for the first time with the Australian men's team's defence of the Ashes.

Australia: Belinda Clark (captain), Karen Rolton (vice-captain), Louise Broadfoot, Sally Cooper, Avril Fahey, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Michelle Goszko, Julie Hayes, Lisa Keightley, Olivia Magno, Therese McGregor, Charmaine Mason, Julia Price and Lisa Sthalekar.

AFP Copyright AFP 2001

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