Tayla Vlaeminck was sitting in the back of a taxi on the way home from Melbourne Airport when she received the phone call every young cricketer dreams of.
"Tayla you've been selected in the Australian squad."
Southern Stars selector Shawn Flegler was on the other end of the phone, informing Vlaeminck that she was in the 13-player squad to take on New Zealand in a three-match Twenty20 series.
Vlaeminck couldn't believe what she was hearing.
"I thought he was kidding,'' Vlaeminck said on Wednesday.
"It totally came out of the blue. I didn't know what to say.
"I really didn't expect this to happen."
Vlaeminck's rise to the national squad comes after two knee reconstructions and a dislocated shoulder hindered her development.
The 19-year-old showed plenty of resilience to bounce back.
"This makes all the hard work worthwhile,'' Vlaeminck said.
"I'm shocked because, in my mind, there was so many players in front of me. I'm just blown away."
Vlaeminck earned selection in the Southern Stars squad on the back of strong performances with the Australian under-19 team in South Africa earlier this year and at the weekend's national training camp on the Gold Coast.
At the national training camp Vlaeminck showed she wasn't out of her depth bowling to Australia's premier players.
"We played two 40-over games and one T20 game over three days which was good,'' Vlaeminck said.
"I was really nervous, but I got a couple of wickets early on which settled the nerves. I was happy with the way I bowled."
After taking 6-27 for the Australian under-19s in the final of the tri-series tournament in South Africa in April, Vlaeminck's had a big winter training program with the National Pathway Squad in Brisbane.
"I was in Brisbane for eight weeks over winter with 13 other girls to work with head pathway coach Leah Poulton,'' Vlaeminck said.
"It was really good for my development."
Vlaeminck will spend the next two days in Sydney with her Southern Stars team-mates, including skipper Meg Lanning and star all-rounder Ellyse Perry.
She returns to Melbourne for training with the Victorian squad at the weekend before heading to Perth next week for the opening round of the Women's National Cricket League.
After that it's back to Sydney to prepare for the three-match series against the Kiwis.
The first match is AFL grand final night at North Sydney Oval.
Game two is in Brisbane on October 1 and game three is in Canberra on October 5.