Stars legends keep an eye on the future
September 30, 2016
Australia’s next generation of female cricketers gathered at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane this week ahead of an exciting summer of cricket.
The countries best Under 15 and Under 18 players were put through their paces across four days of various training and match scenarios, fitness testing and player development sessions under the watchful eyes of former Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Lisa Sthalekar, Jodie Fields and Leah Poulton.
The Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars, a squad of Australia’s most talented under 21 players, also completed a five day camp including two 50-over and one Twenty20 match against a NSW Academy side.
Having represented the Perth Scorchers last season, Megan Banting showed a glimpse of what she is capable of in the first of the 50-over matches, compiling a brilliant 96 while Australia’s emerging bowling stocks also showed plenty of promise.
“These camps provided a host of highly talented players the opportunity to test themselves against quality opposition such as Rachel Haynes, Sarah Aley, Nicola Carey and Naomi Stalenberg, all of which have tasted success with the NSW Breakers,” said Cricket Australia National Selector, Shawn Flegler.
“We are really please at the depth of talent that was on display and look forward to seeing them in action this summer.”
Forming the foundation of the National Player Pathway, Cricket Australia’s National Female Championships will get underway in November, whilst the Shooting Stars are expected to feature throughout the Women’s National Cricket League and WBBL.
A squad of Shooting Stars players will travel to Sri Lanka in March and will be out to impress ahead of the ICC Women‘s World Cup 2017 in England.
Women’s National Cricket League (13 October – 3 December)
Cricket Australia Under 18 National Championships (23 – 29 November)
Women’s Big Bash League (December 10 – January 28)
Cricket Australia Under 15 National Championships (18 – 24 January)