A magic second ball wicket for Sarah Aley has made her long-awaited ODI debut for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team against Pakistan at the ICC Women’s World Cup that much sweeter.
Aley went on to post figures of 2-29, and alongside Kristen Beams (3-23) and Ashleigh Gardner (3-28).
Commenting on her debut, Aley said, ““I felt like if given the opportunity I could come in and perform the role that I needed to. Today I got that opportunity and hopefully I can have some others. It was pretty special to get out there and play with some of the best players in the country. Something that I’ll remember for a very long time.”
After acting captain Rachael Haynes won the toss and elected to bat earlier in the day, Australia found themselves 2-7 and on the back foot after openers Beth Mooney (0) and Nicole Bolton (3) were dismissed cheaply.
Fellow Lendlease Breakers Rachael Haynes (28) and Ellyse Perry (63) then set about rebuilding, reaching 60 before Haynes was caught behind.
Australia's middle order then began to make amends for the tough start, with Elyse Villani (59) bringing up her second ODI half century off just 34 balls before a blistering 63 off 40 balls from Alyssa Healy boosted the total to 8-290.
“It was shaky at the start,” said Haynes.
“The way Elyse Villani and Alyssa Healy came out and played was really positive and set the tone and gave us good momentum going into our bowling innings.”
“There are really strong leaders within our group and today that showed and we got on with business and got the win, which is what we came for,” concluded Haynes.
The Australian Women’s Cricket Team will now take on hosts England on Sunday, 9 July.