Five Lend Lease Breakers named for Pakistan series

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Sarah Coyte will represent the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars against Pakistan
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Lend Lease Breakers players Alex Blackwell, Sarah Coyte, Alyssa Healy, Erin Osborne and Ellyse Perry have been named in the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad for matches against Pakistan in Queensland next month.

The Southern Stars and Pakistan will play four One Day Internationals (August 21, 23, 26, 28) in Brisbane and four T20 Internationals (August 30, 31, September 3, 5) on the Gold Coast, with the One Day matches also counting towards qualification for the next ICC 50 over World Cup in England.

The five Lend Lease Breakers selected have all retained their places in the National squad after helping Australia to win the World T20 in Bangladesh earlier this year.

The majority of the Australian squad has remained unchanged for a number of years with the likes of Lanning, Blackwell, Perry, Osborne, Coyte, Healy, Hunter and Cameron forming the core of the successful side.

Vice captain Alex Blackwell is the most experienced player in the squad after making her debut back in 2001, while the recent retirement of former captain Jodie Fields now sees Ellyse Perry become the second most senior player in terms of years spent in the side after playing her first International series as a 16-year-old back in 2007.

Selectors will also use this series to introduce Victorian Kristen Beams to International cricket with the leg-spinner selected in the One Day squad, while South Australian Megan Schutt has been recalled as a replacement for injured fast bowler Holly Ferling.

These matches against Pakistan are the first of two International series for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars this season. They will also take on the West Indies in November with the majority of those games to be played in Sydney.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars teams for series against Pakistan

One Day Internationals: Meg Lanning (captain – Vic), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain – NSW), Kristen Beams (Vic), Nicole Bolton (Vic), Jess Cameron (Vic), Sarah Coyte (NSW), Rene Farrell (ACT), Alyssa Healy (NSW), Julie Hunter (Vic), Jess Jonassen (Qld), Erin Osborne (NSW), Ellyse Perry (NSW), Megan Schutt (SA)

T20 Internationals: Meg Lanning (captain – Vic), Alex Blackwell (vice-captain – NSW), Jess Cameron (Vic), Sarah Coyte (NSW), Rene Farrell (ACT), Alyssa Healy (NSW), Julie Hunter (Vic), Jess Jonassen (Qld), Delissa Kimmince (Qld), Erin Osborne (NSW), Ellyse Perry (NSW), Megan Schutt (SA), Elyse Villani (Vic)

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