Lendlease Breakers Naomi Stalenberg, Ashleigh Gardner, Lauren Smith and Breakers academy bowler Belinda Vakerewa will tour Sri Lanka next month with the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars.
The Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars is the Australian women’s development team. In the past many players have used tours like this as a stepping stone to higher honours.
After getting a taste of International cricket in January, Naomi Stalenberg has a chance to further impress selectors as one of the senior players in the group, while Ashleigh Gardner has been rewarded for some stellar form at the backend of the WBBL with the Sydney Sixers.
This has been a breakout summer for Belinda Vakerewa with the Campbelltown-Camden fast bowler making her Lendlease Breakers debut earlier this summer. She then joined the Sydney Thunder for their successful WBBL campaign.
The fourth member of the Breakers contingent is off-spinner Lauren Smith.
This is Smith’s second season playing at the top level with the 19-year-old proving herself an able replacement for Erin Osborne after she moved to the ACT.
Former Lendlease Breaker and current Cricket NSW Female Pathways Manager, Leah Poulton, will be an Assistant Coach of the Shooting Stars for this tour.
The squad will depart for Sri Lanka on March 23 with matches against England and Sri Lanka.
Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars squad: Megan Banting (WA), Ashleigh Gardner (NSW), Heather Graham (WA), Nicola Hancock (Vic), Alex Price (SA), Amanda-Jade Wellington (SA), Bridget Patterson (SA), Sophie Molineux (Vic), Lauren Smith (NSW), Tahlia McGrath (SA), Naomi Stalenberg (NSW), Hayleigh Brennan (Vic), Belinda Vakerewa (NSW)
Sri Lanka tri-series 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