Ferling snubbed for England
Cricket: Kingaroy cricketer Holly Ferling has been left out of the Australian Women's Cricket Team squad ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup starting next Monday.
The world number one Aussies are favourites to lift their seventh Women's World Cup trophy at Lord's on July 23, but Ferling is not part of coach Matthew Mott's plans to get there.
With regular quicks Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia MGrath sidelined with injury - and Rene Farrell last month announcing her ODI retirement - Ferling was seen as an obvious choice to fill the gaping whole in Australia's pace attack.
Instead, uncapped bowlers Belinda Vakarewa and Sarah Aley were favoured by Mott over Ferling, who has been on the comeback trail from an elbow injury.
Although finished with rehab, the long road to recovery was likely a key reason Ferling missed the 15-player cut. A lack of time in the nets coupled with a chance of aggravating the injury likely a chance Mott was not willing to take.
Speaking to cricket.com.au prior to the selection announcement, Mott alluded to bypassing Ferling in favour of others saying she was still "a bit rusty”.
"Holly's done extremely well, she had elbow surgery not that long ago and she's a bit rusty but she's put every effort into what she can control,” Mott said.
The Aussies play South Africa in the first of two pre-tournament warm-up matches today in Oakham, ahead of their June 26 opening round match against the West Indies in Taunton.
Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell (vc), Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning (c), Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.
June 20: Australia v South Africa, Oakham
June 22: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester
June 26: Australia v West Indies, Taunton
June 29 Sri Lanka v Australia, Bristol
July 2: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol
July 5: Pakistan v Australia, Leicester
July 9: England v Australia, Bristol
July 12: Australia v India, Bristol
July 15: South Africa v Australia, Taunton
July 18: First semi-final, Bristol
July 20: Second semi-final, Derby
July 23: Final, Lord's