Bendigo's Tayla Vlaeminck is one step closer to a Baggy Green cap after she was selected in the Australian women's cricket squad for the upcoming Ashes tour to England.
The 20-year-old fast bowler is in Australian the squad of 14 players to play in an Ashes series that consists of one Test, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.
Vlaeminck's pace is her biggest attribute and the former Strathdale-Maristians junior believes she's found some extra speed in the past six months.
"I feel like if anything I'm probably bowling quicker than before I got injured," Vlaeminck said at the announcement of the squad.
"I think the extra work in the gym probably helped with that. Hopefully I can continue that and get a bit quicker."
Aussie skipper Meg Lanning rates Vlaeminck alongside some of the quickest bowlers in women's cricket.
"It's nice to have a bit of extra pace in the squad, it gives us a bit of variety," Lanning said
"She's definitely up there with Kathrine Brunt, (Shamilia) Connell from West Indies, they're probably the quicker ones on the international scene and I think Tayla is around the mark with those ones."
Vlaeminck made her international debut in short form cricket last year and was a member of the T20 World Cup-winning squad in the West Indies.
Her selection in the Ashes squad is a reward for effort after she missed most of the Australian summer because of a knee injury.
"Tayla was under an injury cloud, but she's back bowling and has had a terrific off-season up in Brisbane, so we're really excited to see what she can do in English conditions," national selector Shawn Flegler told cricket.com.au
Australia's squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.
Schedule for Australia's tour of England:
June 26: England Academy v Australia, Loughborough
June 28: England Academy v Australia, Loughborough
July 2: First ODI, Grace Road, Leicester
July 4: Second ODI, Grace Road, Leicester
July 7: Third ODI, St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
July 11-13: England Academy v Australia, Marlborough College, Swindon
July 18-21: Only Test, The County Ground, Taunton
July 26: First T20, County Ground, Chelmsford
July 28: Second T20, The County Ground, Hove
July 31: Third T20, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
A Test victory is worth four points (two each for a draw), two points are awarded for ODI and T20 wins.
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