Australian youth causing Women’s Ashes headaches for England | Mel Jones

In Amanda Wellington and Ashleigh Gardner, Australia is blessed with two of the world’s most promising 20-year-old cricketers

At first glance, Australia’s opening win of the Ashes series was a result of senior players getting the job done, notably the calm and commanding 60 not out from vice-captain Alex Blackwell. However, if you take a closer look there are several emerging names that could well shape the foundations of the team for many years to come.

Herein lies one of the hottest debates in Australian cricket at the moment – the conundrum of potential versus performance in selection. Ed Cowan’s recent non-selection for NSW in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield, after being the leading run-scorer last year, caused a few heated discussions around the water cooler. And as the public becomes more aware of the Women’s National Cricket League landscape and the performances of the Australian Women’s team, these discussions will become more commonplace for the Southern Stars too.

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