Perth Scorchers young guns Heather Graham and Megan Banting have been named in the Shooting Stars’ 13-player development squad to take on Sri Lanka and England in a limited-overs tri-series next month.
The two WA products have been rewarded with their selection following strong performances in both the recent WNCL and WBBL competitions.
Graham finished WBBL|01 as the Scorchers’ fourth highest wicket-taker with a total of 11 and best figures of 3-19 off 3.4 overs against the Sixers in the side’s second match of the tournament.
The 19-year-old also notched 54 runs in nine innings, as she found the boundary five times and showed extreme promise.
In just four WNCL innings Graham smacked 127 runs, with 11 fours and a top score of 52no.
Banting claimed the most wicket-keeper dismissals for the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury and was the team’s number one keeper ahead of veteran Jenny Wallace.
In five innings, Banting notched up 45 runs for the Fury, with three boundaries and a top score of 20.
Women’s National Selection Panel Chairman Shawn Flegler commended the young stars on their talent and bright futures ahead.
“We’ve identified these players as having the potential to play for Australia in the future and we’re looking forward to seeing how they go in the challenging conditions on the Sub-Continent.
“This Sri Lanka tri-series is great opportunity for players to push their case for international selection and will also give a number of players experience in leadership positions,” Flegler said.
The series gets underway on 27 March with a 50-over match against England.
13-player squad: Megan Banting, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Nicola Hancock, Alex Price, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Bridget Patterson, Sophie Molineux, Lauren Smith, Tahlia McGrath, Naomi Stalenberg, Hayleigh Brennan, Belinda Vakarewa.
Sri Lanka tri-series full schedule:
23 March – depart to Sri Lanka
27 March – 50-over match v England, Sinhalese Sports Club Ground
29 March – 50-over match v Sri Lanka, Colts Ground
1 April – 50-over match v England, P Sara Oval
3 April – 50-over match v Sri Lanka, P Sara Oval
7 April – 50-over match v England, RPICS
8 April – 50-over match v Sri Lanka, RPICS
10 April – T20 v England