BENDIGO’S Tayla Vlaeminck is one of two uncapped bowlers included in the Australian T20 squad to play New Zealand in the Commonwealth Bank Women’s T20 International series beginning later this month.
The talented fast bowler has endured a meteoric rise to the national squad that is made even more impressive given what the 19-year-old quick has already endured.
The Melbourne Renegades star has recovered from two knee reconstructions and a dislocated shoulder – all suffered in the space of three years – to put herself in line for an international debut.
A modest Vlaeminck yesterday admitted to being surprised at her selection, which came after a spectacular series in South Africa earlier this year with the national Under 19 women’s team. After a slow start to her tour, she starred in Pretoria, capturing five wickets, backing up to take 6-27 in 7.5 overs in a match-winning display in the final match of the tour.
A highly committed athlete, Vlaeminck spent the winter as part of the National Performance Squad training for eight weeks at Brisbane’s National Cricket Centre, working under her Under 19 national coach Leah Poulton and Australia assistant coach Shelley Nitschke.
The T20 series against New Zealand begins with a blockbuster Saturday night match at North Sydney Oval on Saturday, September 29.
That match will be followed by games at Brisbane’s AB Field (October 1) and Canberra’s Manuka Oval (October 5).
The series will serve as crucial preparation ahead of the World T20 in the Caribbean in November. Thirteen players have been chosen to take on New Zealand, but an extended group of 15 will fly to Guyana for the tournament.