The late-blooming career of allrounder Erin Burns continues to rise after being named in the 15-player Australian squad for next month’s Women’s T20 World Cup.
She is amongst four NSW players and Sydney Sixers captain Ellyse Perry to be chosen in the squad, which will also contest a Tri-Series against England and India in Canberra and Melbourne beginning on February 1.
Breakers Allysa Healy, Rachael Haynes and Ashleigh Gardner have also been chosen along with allrounder Nicola Carey, who moved to Tasmania this season.
Originally from Wollongong, Burns, 31, debuted for Australia in the West Indies last September.
She was due to play her first game for the Breakers last week after previously representing Tasmania and the Meteors but had minor arthroscopic surgery on her left knee.
The Tri-Series against England and India pits three of the top four ranked teams in the world against each other on the eve of the T20 World Cup.
Australia will open the T20 World Cup against India at Sydney Showgrounds on February 21 before meeting Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and New Zealand in the other pool matches.
The selectors also named three NSW players in a Cricket Australia XI that will play against Australia in a T20 fixture on January 27 at Sydney Showgrounds.
National Selector Shawn Flegler singled out exciting 16-year-old batter Phoebe Litchfield and teenage bowlers Hannah Darlington and Stella Campbell for special praise.
“This is one of the strongest CA XI squads we’ve had with so many players dominating domestic cricket and putting their hands up for selection, including some who were unlucky to miss out on senior selection,” Flegler said.
“The side has a mix of players who will provide cover to the senior squad, as well as others like Phoebe Litchfield who have shown great promise and we will no doubt see in Australian colours in the years ahead.
“Hannah Darlington and Stella Campbell have also been terrific this season, so this is another great opportunity for them to play with and against highly skilled players.”
Litchfield was player of the match in the Breakers’ four-wicket victory over the ACT Meteors last Tuesday with a game-changing 82 not out while Campbell opened the bowling. All three players have been regulars in the Women’s Big Bash League this season.
Australia CommBank T20 Tri-Series and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup squad
Meg Lanning – captain (Victoria)
Rachael Haynes – vice-captain (New South Wales)
Erin Burns (New South Wales)
Nicola Carey (Tasmania)
Ashleigh Gardner (New South Wales)
Alyssa Healy (New South Wales)
Jess Jonassen (Queensland)
Delissa Kimmince (Queensland)
Sophie Molineux (Victoria)
Beth Mooney (Queensland)
Ellyse Perry (Victoria)
Megan Schutt (South Australia)
Annabel Sutherland (Victoria)
Tayla Vlaeminck (Victoria)
Georgia Wareham (Victoria)
Cricket Australia XI
Stella Campbell (New South Wales)
Hannah Darlington (New South Wales)
Josie Dooley (Queensland)
Heather Graham (Western Australia)
Charli Knott (Queensland)
Phoebe Litchfield (New South Wales)
Tahlia McGrath – captain (South Australia)
Bridget Patterson (South Australia)
Taneale Peschel (Western Australia)
Molly Strano (Victoria)
Belinda Vakarewa (Tasmania)
CommBank T20 Tri-Series
February 1 – vs England, Manuka Oval (2.10pm AEDT)
February 2 – vs India, Manuka Oval (2.10pm AEDT)
February 8 – vs India, Junction Oval (2.10pm AEDT)
February 9 – vs England, Junction Oval (2.10pm AEDT)
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Warm-Up - Australia
February 15 – vs West Indies, Allan Border Field (3pm AEDT)
February 18 – vs South Africa, Karen Rolton Oval (11am AEDT)
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup - Australia
February 21 – vs India, Sydney Showground (7pm AEDT)
February 24 – vs Sri Lanka, WACA Ground (6pm AEDT)
February 27 – vs Bangladesh, Manuka Oval (7pm AEDT)
March 2 – vs New Zealand, Junction Oval (3pm AEDT)
March 5 – Semi-Final 1, SCG (3pm AEDT)
March 5 – Semi-Final 2, SCG (7pm AEDT)
March 8 – Final, MCG (6pm AEDT)