ORANGE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Phoebe Litchfield of the Breakers bats during the WNCL match between New South Wales and ACT at Wade Park, on February 10, 2023, in Orange, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The next rising star of Australian women's cricket Phoebe Litchfield is one of 15 players selected for the Ashes tour of England, which begins on June 22.

The talented 19-year-old has made her mark for Australia after posting excellent half-centuries in consecutive ODI matches against Pakistan in January.

Litchfield replaces all-rounder Heather Graham in the squad, whilst fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck makes her long-awaited return from a stress fracture in her right foot, having last featured for Australia in January last year.

Australia have had the wood over England, having held the Ashes since 2015.

Cricket Australia head of performance and national selector Shawn Flegler said the squads across both the Ashes and Australia A has incredible depth.

"We've been fortunate to have a consistent side across all formats over the past couple of years and as a result we have selected a similar group to the squad which won the T20 World Cup in February," Flegler said.

"Phoebe Litchfield has taken her game to the next level in the past 12 months, we view her as a long-term plater for Australia and it's pleasing to reward her progress with selection in an Ashes squad."

The squad includes Captain Meg Lanning, Vice-Captain Alyssa Healy, All-Rounder Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, fast bowler Megan Schutt, and spinners Jess Jonassen and Alana King.

However, there wasn't room for all-rounder Nicola Carey, while wicketkeeper Georgia Redmayne remains on the sidelines because of an Achilles tear sustained during the WBBL08 semi-final loss to the Adelaide Strikers in November.

Flegler preached the importance of having flexibility amongst both squads.

"The Australia A squad contains experienced performers in domestic cricket, along with several emerging players who we believe have exciting futures ahead of them," Flegler said.

"It's hugely beneficial to have an Australia A component to the tour and provide an opportunity for our developing players to test themselves in conditions they may not experience in Australia.

"The nature of concurrent tours offers flexibility and allows players to be available for and cross over into both squads, whether it be from a preparation perspective or to provide an opportunity at international level."

Both the Ashes and Australia A squads will depart for the United Kingdom in the second week of June.

The Ashes tour consists of a one-off test, three T20s, and three ODIs.