Australian emerging squad to tour Sri Lanka

Australia has announced a 13-player Shooting Stars squad to tour Sri Lanka from 27 March to 11 April this year.

Made up of Australia’s best emerging players aged 21 and under, the side will be coached by former Australian fast-bowler and women’s youth coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick, with Victoria and Melbourne Stars’ coach David Hemp acting as assistant coach.

The squad will come together at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Brisbane on Sunday 26 March before flying to Colombo where they will play three one-day fixtures and three Twenty20s against Sri Lanka.

A star on the rise, 15-year-old leg-spinner Rachel Trenaman, has been included in the side for the first time after she played in the Governor-General’s XI that defeated South Africa in November last year and then made her domestic debut for NSW just five days later.

Wicket-keeper/batter Georgia Redmayne, 23, has been included as the sole over-age player after the former NSW local produced a breakout season with the bat that also saw her become the first player to hit a century for Tasmania in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) this season.

Speaking following the selection of the side, national selector Shawn Flegler said a strong summer from some of the players helped their elevation to the national emerging team.

“The players that have been included in this squad were all standouts across the summer, with some really impressive performances for their domestic sides and Women’s Big Bash League clubs,” Flegler said.

“It’s been really pleasing to see players like Georgia and Rachel perform strongly at an underage level for the last few seasons while those tied to WBBL clubs all played pivotal roles for their respective teams this season.

“This tour will allow these players to experience cricket in different conditions and will

play an important role in their ongoing development as future national players.” (Courtesy Daily Telegraph)


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