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Get to know: Australia Under 19s


March 15, 2018


Leg-spinner Georgia Wareham lets one rip for the Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL // Getty

By Dylan Carmody

There will be a vast array of talent to on display when Australia Under 19 Women’s team embark on a first-ever female Under 19s overseas tour, and their first international series since 2003.

The team will take on South Africa and England in a tri-series in South Africa, with plenty of names to keep an eye on.

Stella Campbell


Right arm fast bowler, right hand bat

Age: 15

State: New South Wales

Teams: Universities, Sydney Sixers (rookie)


Campbell is a tall, fast bowler from New South Wales. She had a strong Under 18 National Championships, picking up 12 wickets at an average of 13.58. She is quick, gets a fair bit of bounce and is “one of the most exciting fast bowlers going around” according to Under 19 Head Coach Leah Poulton.


Maddy Darke


Right hand bat, wicket-keeper

Age: 16

State: New South Wales

Team: Universities


One of the three wicket-keepers on the tour, Maddy Darke is renowned for having quick hands behind the stumps as well as being a tenacious batter. Her best performane of the Under 18 National Championships came at the top of the order when she scored a dashing 41 off 35 balls, showing a glimpse of her immense talent.


Hannah Darlington


Right hand bat, right arm medium

Age: 16

State: New South Wales

Teams: Sydney Thunder, Campbelltown Camden


Head Coach Leah Poulton describes Hannah Darlington is a “genuine all-rounder”. She is more than handy with the ball with her medium pace bowling – claiming 10 wickets at the Under 18 National Championships – and is a strong batter who could feature at the top of the order.


Josephine Dooley


Right hand bat, wicket-keeper

Age: 18

State: Queensland

Teams: Queensland Fire, Wests, Brisbane Heat (rookie)


The only Queenslander in the squad, Josephine Dooley is a keeper-batter who made her debut earlier this year in the Women’s National Cricket League with the Queensland Fire, and started her career strongly with 29 in her first game. Poulton says Dooley is a versatile cricketer who can play with the gloves or as a pure top-order batter. 


Ellen Falconer


Right arm medium, right hand bat

Age: 18

State: South Australia

Teams: SA Scorpions, Adelaide Strikers. West Torrens


Falconer is a fast bowler that Poulton says will be a new ball option for the Australians throughout the series. Bowling with good pace, she is tall and can swing the new ball.


Nicole Faltum


Right hand bat, wicket-keeper

Age: 17

State: Victoria

Teams: VicSpirit, Melbourne Stars, Dandenong


A keeper-batter, Faltum took the gloves for the Melbourne Stars during her time in the Rebel WBBL this summer. A pure wicket-keeper with good hands, she is also a handy lower order batter who had a strong Under 18 National Championships where she scored 188 at an average of 37.60.


Saskia Horley


Right arm off-spin, right hand bat

Age: 18

State: New South Wales

Teams: NSW Breakers, Gordon


The captain of Australia’s Twenty20 side, Saskia Horley is an off-spin bowler who can generate good turn and bowls with good flight. She is also a talented batter, featuring regularly at the top order for NSW Metro in the Under 18 National Championships.


Hayley Silver-Holmes


Right hand bat, right arm fast

Age: 14

State: New South Wales

Team: Parramatta, Sydney Thunder (rookie)


The youngest member of the touring squad at just 14 years of age, Silver-Holmes makes up for her youth with a strong cricketing IQ, a mature head and skill with the bat and ball according to coach Poulton. She led the run-scoring at the Under 15 National Championships, and can chip in with the ball also.


Annabel Sutherland


Right hand bat, right arm fast

Age: 16

State: Victoria

Teams: VicSpirit, Melbourne Stars, Prahran


Regarded as a new ball option and a top order prospect by Poulton, Sutherland has made a strong start to her career. She picked up 4-12 in her Melbourne Stars debut this year, and had a brilliant campaign at the Under 18 National Championships, scoring 340 runs at an average of 48.57. She is the vice-captain of the T20 side, deputy to Saskia Horley.


Rachel Trenaman


Right hand bat, right arm leg-spin

Age: 16

State: New South Wales

Teams: NSW Breakers, Sydney Thunder, Wagga City


Leading the 50-over side, Trenaman is a top-order batter and leg-spin bowler. The 16-year-old debuted for the NSW Breakers this summer and scored 212 runs at an average of 35.33 during the Under 18 National Championships. Trenaman is someone who Poulton rates with prodigious turn, great flight and strong leadership potential.


Tayla Vlaeminck


Right arm fast, right hand bat

Age: 19

State: Victoria

Teams: VicSpirit, Melbourne Renegades, Plenty Valley


One of the tall quicks who Poulton thinks could take the new ball, Vlaeminck is an exciting prospect for selectors. Vlaeminck opens the bowling for the VicSpirit in the WNCL, playing six matches this summer and generating good shape away from right-handed batters.


Georgia Wareham


Right hand bat, right arm leg-spin

Age: 18

State: Victoria

Teams: VicSpirit, Melbourne Renegades, Essendon Maribyrnong Park


A leg-spinner, Wareham is a consistent bowler who plays for the Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL and the VicSpirit in the WNCL. Bowling with good turn and flight, Wareham is also a solid middle-to-lower order batter who has come in anywhere from four to seven in the WNCL.


Courtney Webb


Right hand bat, right arm medium

Age: 18

State: Tasmania

Teams: Tasmanian Roar, South Launceston, Hobart Hurricanes (rookie)


Webb is the vice-captain for the 50-over side and an all-rounder who has played six games for Tasmania in the WNCL. She had a stellar Under 18 National Championships, blasting 304 runs at an average of 38. She also picked up seven wickets at 17.71 and provides another bowling option to an already potent attack. 


Tahlia Wilson


Right hand bat, wicket-keeper

Age: 18

State: New South Wales

Teams: NSW Breakers, St George-Sutherland


A top order batter, Wilson is a part of both the NSW Breakers and is a dangerous batter, hitting 284 runs at 40.57 including a top score of 72 at the Under 18 National Championships. She is also a solid wicketkeeper, but Poulton says Wilson is likely to play predominantly as a batter for this series.