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Wareham eyes first Ashes Test against England
- Updated: June 7, 2023
Georgia Wareham fancied her chances of a Test debut.
As the only leg-spinner selected in Australia’s 14-player Ashes squad that toured England in 2019, the sole Test match of the series shaped as the perfect time for Wareham to make her debut in the longest format.
After all, the then 20-year-old had done nothing but impress since her international debut in both one-day and T20 internationals nine months earlier.
But things didn’t go to plan for the young Victorian.
The multi-format nature of the women’s Ashes meant the 2019 series was to begin with three ODIs, followed by the sole Test and finish with three T20Is.
Selected in all three of the one-dayers, Wareham returned the uninspiring combined figures of 0-88 from the first two matches and wasn’t required to bowl in the third as Ellyse Perry ran through England with 7-22 in Canterbury.
Needing some wickets to impress selectors, Wareham had another chance to shine in the form of a three-day tour match against the ‘England Academy’ side.
The match would ultimately decide a few uncertain positions in Australia’s Test XI, including the make-up of the bowling attack, where fellow spinners Jess Jonassen, and Sophie Molineux – who had missed the one-day portion of the tour while recovering from a shoulder injury but came back for the red-ball tour game to press her claims – and the ever-improving Ashleigh Gardner were also vying for Wareham’s coveted spot.
Source:- Cricket AU