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Opals squad named for Japan tour

  • Opals squad named for Japan tour

    Abby Bishop is not part of an 12-woman Opals' squad for next month's warm-up tour of Japan.

Abby Bishop will miss next month's warm-up tour of Japan as the Australian women's basketball star continues to recover from a life-threatening medical condition.

Bishop, as expected, was not named in coach Brendan Joyce's 12-player Opals squad on Tuesday following the discovery of blood clots in March.

Liz Cambage and Suzy Batkovic headline the squad, with veterans Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips unavailable as they head back to the US to play with their respective WNBA teams.

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Laura Hodges is also away playing in France, while Marianno Tolo remains injured but on track in her rehabilitation.

"The tour will add to our preparation for Brazil but also give the coaching staff a chance to trial the players and give the players themselves some international experience," Joyce said.

"We feel that the 12 selected players are certainly in contention for the final team but we are unable to select Erin Phillips and Penny Taylor due to WNBA commitments while Marianna Tolo and Abby Bishop are still injured."

The Opals will play three games in Japan, including against the national team in Nagaoka on May 7 and two in Tokyo on May 9 and 10.

They will also tour Europe before returning to Australia for two more team camps

Opals squad: Rebecca Allen, Suzy Batkovic, Sara Blicavs, Natalie Burton, Elizabeth Cambage, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Cayla George, Rachel Jarry, Tessa Lavey, Tess Madgen, Leilani Mitchell, Stephanie Talbot.

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