Diamonds set for Netball World Cup squad shake-up

first_imgShare on Messenger Gretel Tippett: netball’s most polarising figure heading for World Cup Share via Email Diamonds Netball World Cup 2019 Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Reuse this content Netball Australia are set to name a new-look squad for the netball World Cup with Diamonds vice-captain Gabi Simpson and midcourt star Kim Ravaillion shock casualties. The 12-strong squad for the July tournament in England will be officially announced on Thursday morning, however it is believed to have leaked after players were told their fate by coach Lisa Alexander on Monday.The likely team includes only three players from the triumphant 2015 campaign in Caitlin Bassett, Caitlin Thwaites and Paige Hadley. NSW Swifts centre Hadley, who missed last year’s Commonwealth Games, is believed to have forced her way back in to the Australian line-up after not even being included in the training squad at the start of the year. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp She is set to join reigning Diamonds player of the year Liz Watson in the midcourt as well as recent debutantes Kelsey Browne and Jamie-Lee Price. That means no room for Tests regulars Simpson and Ravaillion. Wing defence Simpson has struggled with a groin injury this year while she hasn’t been helped by the form of her winless Queensland Firebirds. Ravaillion was part of Australia’s 2015 World Cup title and has played 60 Tests but withdrew from the team last September citing exhaustion and hasn’t found a way back amongst the hotly contested midcourt selection.Captain Caitlin Bassett will lead the shooting end, joined by Gretel Tippett and Steph Wood while Caitlin Thwaites, who has been a rock for her Melbourne Vixens, is also set for a call-up ahead of young Giant Keira Austin.In the defensive end, NSW Swifts’ Sarah Klau is believed to have edged incumbent Vixen Emily Mannix after squaring off last round in the Super Netball. Courtney Bruce, Jo Weston and April Brandley are the other selections. Star goal-keeper Bruce proved her fitness last Saturday, returning from three weeks out with an elbow injury to lead West Coast to a win over Collingwood.Likely Australian team: Caitlin Bassett (Giants), April Brandley (Magpies), Kelsey Browne (Magpies), Courtney Bruce (Fever), Paige Hadley (Swifts), Sarah Klau (Swifts), Caitlin Thwaites (Vixens), Gretel Tippett (Firebirds), Jamie-Lee Price (Giants), Liz Watson (Vixens), Jo Weston (Vixens), Steph Wood (Lightning). Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Topics Australia sport newslast_img

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