Tayla Vlaeminck has the skills to change the face of women's cricket, according to Australian coach Matthew Mott.
Vlaeminck was yesterday named in Australia's squad of 15 for next week's Ashes campaign against England.
Fresh from a strong WBBL season with the Hobart Hurricances, the Bendigo speedster is primed for a big two months of cricket that includes the Ashes and then the one-day World Cup in New Zealand.
"I'm so excited by her (Valeminck) being in that (Ashes) squad,'' Mott told SEN.
"Everyone loves the way she plays her cricket. I've just spent a little bit of time around the men's team and the number of the bowlers, in particular, that came and up said "how good is Tayla Vlaeminck"?. She rips in, she loves bowling bumpers, she loves hitting players and taking wickets.
"I genuinely feel she has the opportunity to change the face of the game.
"She'a already inspired a couple of others like Darcie Brown and Annabel Sutherland, who is getting quicker every year.
"I think it's really exciting what she brings. When I first came into women's cricket I though that was the are that had the most growth.
"I'm really excited that Tayla is going to be at the forefront of that."
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Vlaeminck will play in her second Ashes series.
Vlaeminck made her Test debut during the 2019 Ashes series in England, where she had figures of 0-37 in England's only innings for the match.
Australia won the Ashes in 2019, with a 12-2 victory in the points-based series.
Four points are awarded for a win in the one-off Test matches, while two points are awarded for victory in the three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 interationals.
The Ashes starts with three T20 matches at the Adelaide Oval on January 20, 22 and 23.
The Test match will be played in Canberra from January 27-30, before three one-day games are scheduled for February 3 (Canberra), February 6 (Junction Oval) and February 8 (Junction Oval).
"This was a tough selection process with so many players coming off strong WBBL tournaments, but we're confident we've selected a balanced, all-round squad with players who can perform across all three formats," national selector Shawn Flegler told cricket.com.au.
Australia squad: Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (vc), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Meg Lanning (c), Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck.
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