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Villani & Bolton Set For World Cup

18 May 2017

Nicole Bolton & Elyse Villani // Getty Images

Piepa Cleary misses out on the final 15-player squad for the tournament starting next month.

Perth Scorchers pair Elyse Villani and Nicole Boltoni have been named in Australia’s 15-player squad for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England and Wales beginning on 23 June.

Villani and Bolton have been regulars in Australia’s ODI squad over the past 12 months, while Scorchers fast bowler Piepa Cleary, who was named in a preliminary squad, misses out.

Right-handed batter Villani posted a half-century against New Zealand in February and has been a handy part-time bowler in recent times.

The 27-year-old was the fourth top scorer in the 2016-17 Rebel Women’s Big Bash League with 442 runs at an average of 29.46.

Left-handed top-order batter Bolton scored two half-centuries in a five-game ODI series against South Africa in November.

Bolton, 28, also dominated an away ODI series in Sri Lanka last September, including scoring 113 in Colombo.


Following selection of the squad, National Selector Shawn Flegler said: “This is going to be one of the most tightly contested World Cups in recent times and we have chosen 15 players that we believe are capable of leading Australia to victory.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for this team, with the chance to stake their claim as one of the most successful sporting teams in Australian sport.”

The squad will finalise their preparations during a two-week camp beginning in Brisbane on Monday, with the second week to take place on the Sunshine Coast. 

Australia will begin their quest for a record seventh World Cup on 26 June against the West Indies at The Country Ground, Taunton.  

England, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will join Australia in the tournament with each side to face off against the other seven nations concluding with semi-finals at Bristol and Derby before the final at Lords on 23 July.

Australia are the defending champions having won a record sixth World Cup in 2013 after defeating the West Indies by 114 runs in the final in India.

Australia squad:

Sarah Aley (NSW), Nicole Bolton (WA), Alex Blackwell (NSW), Kristen Beams (VIC), Ashleigh Gardner (NSW), Rachael Haynes (NSW), Alyssa Healy (NSW), Jess Jonassen (QLD), Meg Lanning (VIC), Beth Mooney (QLD), Ellyse Perry (NSW), Megan Schutt (SA), Belinda Vakarewa (NSW), Elyse Villani (WA), Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA)

Australia's World Cup schedule:

June 26: Australia v West Indies, Taunton

June 29: Australia v Sri Lanka, Bristol

July 2: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol

July 5: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester

July 9: Australia v England, Bristol

July 12: Australia v India, Bristol

July 15: Australia v South Africa, Taunton

July 18: First semi-final, Bristol

July 20: Second semi-final, Derby

July 23: Final, Lord's