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The Rock-itt : February 2010
The Australian women's team to face New Zealand this month has been named with Alex Blackwell selected as captain of the side while Alyssa Healy will make her international debut. The pair are just two of seven NSW players named in the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars team. They join NSW team mates Sarah Andrews, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Leah Poulton and Lisa Sthalekar in the side. Alex Blackwell has been elevated to the captaincy after Queensland wicketkeeper, Jodie Fields, tore a hamstring in a recent Twenty20 match. That same injury has meant Alyssa Healy will follow in the footsteps of her famous uncle Ian, and keep wickets for Australia. WNSP Chair Christina Matthews said: "Despite Karen Rolton's recent retirement and Jodie's unfortunate injury, the WNSP has selected a versatile squad which we feel is capable of retaining the Rose Bowl. The series is an important one for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars as we prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in April and May. "Alex Blackwell will take over from Jodie as captain for the Rose Bowl Series and we expect she will form a strong leadership partnership with new vice-captain Shelley Nitschke. "Jodie's injury also provides a deserved opportunity for Alyssa Healy to make her international debut. Alyssa has been identified for higher honours for a number of years and now gets the chance display her wicket-keeping skills and attacking batting on the international stage." In other changes, Victorian Sarah Elliott has been recalled to the side while team mate Julie Hunter has been selected for the first time. In 2009-10, the Rose Bowl will feature five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are the current holders of the trophy after the most recent series between the teams in early 2009 finished 2-2 after the final clash was abandoned due to rain. Following the Rose Bowl Series, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will travel to New Zealand for return matches against the White Ferns. A Twenty20TM Series has been introduced to the Rose Bowl this season to help the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies in May 2010 and to provide additional international matches for the team in the shortest form of the game. In previous years, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have played single Twenty20TM matches before or after their one-day international series. However CA's move to formalise the structure of Twenty20TM cricket played at an international level recognises its potential in promoting the women's game and the growing number of matches being played around the world. For the third year in a row, the women's international season will be highlighted by a double-header Twenty20TM International fixture involving the Australian men's and women's teams. On Sunday 21 February at Bellerive Oval, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will play New Zealand in a women's Twenty20TM International before the men's KFC Twenty20 International between Australia and West Indies. Rose Bowl Series One-Day Internationals Wed 10 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Adelaide Oval Thu 11 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Adelaide Oval Sun 14 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Albert Ground, Melbourne Wed 17 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand St Kilda GC, Melbourne Thu 18 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand St Kilda GC, Melbourne Twenty20TM Series *Sun 21 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Bellerive Oval Mon 22 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Bellerive Oval Tue 23 Feb Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Bellerive Oval * Double-header fixture with men's KFC Twenty20 International