Molly Strano is a strong chance to make her Australian debut after being selected in the Southern Stars’ T20 squad to face New Zealand in February.
Australia will host the White Ferns in a three-match T20 series beginning on February 17 at the MCG, with Strano in career best form in the lead-up.
Strano finished second on the list of wicket-takers in WBBL|02 with 21, coming at an average of less than 15 and an economy rate of under a run a ball.
Commenting on the squad, Cricket Australia National Selector Shawn Flegler said: “The NSP (National Selection Panel) has been really impressed with the performances and consistency shown by both Ashleigh (Gardner) and Molly in the last six months and look forward to seeing what they can do on the big stage.
“Everyone involved in these squads had an impact for their various clubs in the WBBL and it’s pleasing to see them competing as such a high level.
“With the ICC Women’s World Cup taking place in England in June, this is a really important series as we finalise preparations for one of the biggest challenges in world cricket.”
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are ranked number 1 in the World (ICC Women’s rankings) and are the current holders of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars T20 squad v White Ferns (Rebel WBBL club/state in brackets)
Meg Lanning © (Melbourne Stars/VIC)
Kristen Beams (Melbourne Stars/VIC)
Alex Blackwell (Sydney Thunder/NSW)
Lauren Cheatle (Sydney Thunder/NSW)
Rene Farrell (Sydney Thunder/NSW)
Ashleigh Gardner (Sydney Sixers/NSW)
Alyssa Healy (Sydney Sixers/NSW)
Jess Jonassen (Brisbane Heat/QLD)
Beth Mooney (Brisbane Heat/QLD)
Megan Schutt (Adelaide Strikers/SA)
Molly Strano (Melbourne Renegades/VIC)
Elyse Villani (Perth Scorchers/WA)
Amanda-Jade Wellington (Adelaide Strikers/SA)
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand T20 schedule
17 February: First T20, MCG, Melbourne
19 February: Second T20, Kardinia Park, Geelong
22 February: Third T20, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide