Wellington at peace with shock T20 snub

November 23, 2022 05:22 PM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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Legspinner Amanda-Jade Wellington says she's at peace with her shock axing for the upcoming T20 tour of India, but the same can't be said for her parents.

Wellington was a surprise omission from the 15-player squad for December's five-match T20 series in Mumbai, with Australia opting for extra coverage on the pace front instead.

It means Alana King and Jess Jonassen will spearhead the spin department on a tour that will play a key role in Australia's preparations for next year's T20 World Cup title defence in South Africa.

Wellington has been in hot form in the WBBL this season, snaring 21 wickets at an average of 15.1 for the Adelaide Strikers to earn a spot in the team of the tournament.

The 25-year-old has taken the disappointment of missing out on the India tour in her stride.

"I think my parents were the most disappointed," she said of her shock axing. 

"But at this point in time, I know it's T20 cricket, there's a lot of girls coming up. 

"It's perfectly fine. I think it's a really good squad heading to India."

Wellington is determined to win back her spot in time for the World Cup and she hopes some strong performances for the Strikers in the WBBL finals and for South Australia in the 50-over competition will help her cause.

"I know you've got people like Alana King who is a really good leggie at the moment and you've got someone like Georgia Wareham coming back into the mix, so I know there's going to be a lot of competition but hopefully I can put my hand up," she said.

"I've got a little bit of clarity around (the omission) and that makes me feel more at peace about it.

"I know what I need to do for next selection time."

Wellington will be aiming to continue her hot form when the Strikers take on either the Brisbane Heat or Hobart Hurricanes in The Challenger on Thursday night.

The star spinner loves the big stage, snaring 5-8 in the Eliminator against Brisbane last year.

"A lot of people give me stick about it because it's TV games - apparently I want to perform for the TV," she said with a laugh about her reputation for being a big-game player.

"But I think momentum and pressure is key for me. If I know it's pressure behind a game, I'll perform. 

"The higher the pressure, the more there is at stake, and I'm the one who always wants the ball."


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