Australia's National Selection Panel on Monday announced a 14-player Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad for the four nation one-day international tournament in India next month.
The squad is:
|Player||Age||State||Player style||ODI caps|
|Karen Rolton (captain)||32||South Australia||LHB, LM||101|
|Lisa Sthalekar (vice captain)||27||New South Wales||RHB, OB||54|
|Sarah Andrews||25||New South Wales||RM||6|
|Alex Blackwell||23||New South Wales||RHB, RM||31|
|Kate Blackwell||23||New South Wales||RHB, RM||20|
|Sarah Edwards||25||Victoria||RHB, LB||2|
|Shelley Nitschke||30||South Australia||LHB, SLA||25|
|Leah Poulton||22||New South Wales||RHB||5|
|Jodie Purves||22||Queensland||RHB, WKT||8|
|Emma Sampson||21||South Australia||LHB, RMF||0|
Two changes to the squad that successfully defended the Rose Bowl trophy against New Zealand in October last year sees Alex Blackwell and Emma Sampson come in for Michelle Goszko and Julie Hayes.
Blackwell returns from injury and after a solid 2006-07 domestic season for New South Wales (137 runs at an average of 34.35) while the uncapped Sampson has been called into the Australian team for the first time.
The 21-year-old medium pace bowler took 10 wickets in eight games for South Australia this season at an average of 24.10.
"I was very excited to get the call from the selectors and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to play for Australia," said Sampson.
Originally selected in the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars team to play New Zealand in February, Sampson's elevation into the senior squad paves the way for Victorian leg-spinner Jessica Cameron, 17, to join the Shooting Stars squad.
Australia will take on hosts India, England and New Zealand in the four nation tournament in Chennai beginning with its first match on February 21.
Australia's schedule for the tournament (as at January 29) is:
|Wednesday February 21||Australia v New Zealand||Chennai|
|Friday February 23||Australia v India||Chennai|
|Sunday February 25||Australia v England||Chennai|
|Wednesday February 28||Australia v New Zealand||Chennai|
|Thursday March 1||Australia v England||Chennai|
|Saturday March 3||Australia v India||Chennai|
|Monday March 5||Final||Chennai|
Player style key: RHB - right-hand bat, LHB - left-hand bat, WKT - wicket-keeper, SLA - slow left-arm orthodox spinner, OB - right arm off-spinner, LB - right arm leg break, RM - right arm medium, RMF - right arm medium fast, RF - right arm fast, LM - left arm medium.