Australia have announced Test and one-day international squads for the Women’s Ashes, featuring the return of seamer Rene Farrell and the inclusion of batter Elyse Villani.
Farrell, 26, has not played for her country since early 2011 when she took a second-innings hat-trick en route to the match award as Australia regained the Ashes in a one-off Test.
The senior international experience of in-form Villani, 24, consists of eight Twenty20s, but she was part of the summer Ashes squad that lost the inaugural multi-format rubber 12 points to four.
The 11 players that took part in the summer Ashes Test, a draw at Wormsley, have been retained for the four-day game at the WACA from January 10 that starts the return series. Farrell, Villani and batter Nicole Bolton are the other Test squad members.
Chair of selectors Julie Savage said: "Rene is having a terrific season with the ball for the ACT Meteors, punctuated with damaging batting cameos. Her international experience will be an asset to the team."
In the ODI party spinner Jess Jonassen replaces Test specialist Sarah Elliott. The T20 international squad will be announced in early January.
Meg Lanning, the outstanding 21-year-old batter, has been named as the new vice-captain to skipper Jodie Fields, replacing Alex Blackwell.
Test squad: Jodie Fields (captain), Meg Lanning (vice-captain), Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Sarah Elliott, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Rachael Haynes, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.
ODI squad: Jodie Fields (captain), Meg Lanning (vice-captain), Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Rachael Haynes, Jess Jonassen, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.
An Australia A party, to which two players will be added, to face England at the Floreat Oval in Perth on January 6 and 7 was also named today.
Australia A squad: Alyssa Healy (captain), Kristen Beams, Lauren Ebsary, Katelyn Fryett, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Chloe Piparo, Angela Reakes.