Australia has named a profuse 18-player squad for their three T20Is and three ODIs against the White Ferns, with the series planned to commence late next month.
The Australian squad will remain locked in a biosecurity bubble at hotels built into the grounds’ grandstands, as has been the case during Pakistan and West Indies’ tours to England.
The visiting side for the Commonwealth Bank series includes all 15 members of Australia’s victorious T20 World Cup squad, alongside the debutants Tahlia McGrath, and quicks Belinda Vakarewa and Brown.
The last time they played was in the finals of the T20I Women’s World Cup when they defeated India Women to lift the trophy on March 8.
In a statement, Cricket Australia said: “The schedule for the series has matches in both New South Wales and Queensland but given the current COVID situation changes may be required. Cricket Australia will continue to work with relevant authorities and advise any changes.”
Perry had undergone a surgery in March on the hamstring she injured during a group match against New Zealand, and the 29-year-old has been able to continue her recovery in Melbourne having been approved an exception from Victoria’s ‘stage four’ COVID-19 limitations accompanied by the rest of the state’s elite male and female cricketers.
“Ellyse is progressing well from a significant hamstring injury and we want to give her every chance to be available for selection, so we’ll continue to monitor her progress over the coming weeks,” National Selector Shawn Flegler said.
Australia ODI & T20I Squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (VC), Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry (subject to fitness), Megan Schutt, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham, Belinda Vakarewa.