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Villani: There'll Be Plans In Place

31 January 2017

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Scorchers batter Elyse Villani tips the widespread coverage and audience of the WBBL to make for an interesting Australia-New Zealand international series, with more analysis opportunities than ever.

Opening batter Elyse Villani has tipped Australia's upcoming matches against Scorchers teammate and skipper Suzie Bates’ New Zealand to be more competitive than ever.

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will play New Zealand in separate Twenty20 and One Day International series starting in February, with Scorchers captain Bates skippering the White Ferns.

Villani said there would be plenty at stake.

"There's always a lot of spice when Australia takes on New Zealand and I imagine this series won't be any different, with plenty of bragging rights up for grabs," Villani said.

"We've played against New Zealand a lot already so I don't think there is too much of an advantage when it comes to knowing Batesy.

"Both sides will have a lot more footage and inside information of one another now the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) has wrapped up, and I imagine there will be some distinct plans put in place for all players.

"It will certainly be a really interesting series."

Nicole Bolton missed out on a place in the Twenty20 squad, but was named in the ODI squad and the 28-year-old said her WBBL form would put her in good stead for when the one-dayers rolled around.

"I am ecstatic to be a part of the 50 over squad again," Bolton said.

"Any opportunity you get to play for Australia is amazing.

"I was happy with the way my WBBL form got better as the tournament went on.

"It was great to move to the top of the order with Elyse (Villani) and I think to show some versatility in the middle order was a great experience, in which I learnt a lot in different situations which I know will help my 50 over cricket."

With the ICC World Cup in England getting underway in June, the matches against New Zealand will be the final opportunities the pair will get to push their claims for a spot in the squad.

"It's important for me to treat every game for Australia in isolation," Bolton also said.

"Yes the World Cup is around the corner and is something I'm excited to work hard towards, but hopefully I can keep contributing at the top and put my name forward for June."


Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars T20 squad

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 ODI squad

Meg Lanning © (VIC)

Kristen Beams (VIC)

Alex Blackwell (NSW)

Nicole Bolton (WA)

Lauren Cheatle (NSW)

Rene Farrell (NSW)

Ashleigh Gardner (NSW)

Alyssa Healy (NSW)

Jess Jonassen (QLD)

Beth Mooney (QLD)

Ellyse Perry (NSW) *subject to fitness

Megan Schutt (SA)

Elyse Villani (WA)

Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA)


New Zealand v Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars (T20) schedule

17 February: First T20, MCG, Melbourne

19 February: Second T20, Kardinia Park, Geelong

22 February: Third T20, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide


New Zealand v Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars (ODI) schedule

26 February: First ODI, Eden Park No.2, Auckland

2 March: Second ODI, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

5 March: Third ODI, Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui