Sydney Thunder captain, and NSW Breakers great, Alex Blackwell will lead a Governor-General’s XI squad, that features three exciting young NSW players, to play in a limited-overs tour match against New Zealand on Thursday 28 February.

Blackwell joins 15-year-old Phoebe Litchfield, Breakers allrounder Rachel Trenaman, 17, and fast bowler Belinda Vakarewa in the Governor-General’s XI squad for the fixture at Drummoyne Oval.

Blackwell, who retired from International and state cricket last summer, said last week that the match presented an opportunity for many emerging Australian cricketers to test themselves against the New Zealand One-Day International team.

“It will be a great addition for them in their elite Pathway to the very top of the sport,” Blackwell said last Thursday.

It has been an amazing three weeks for Litchfield after she topped the run-scorers list at the Under 18 Female National Championships in January.

Playing for a Cricket Australia XI, Litchfield made 348 runs at 43.5 including a highest score of 103, and in late January, was then named in her first Female Under 19 Australian squad that will tour New Zealand in March.

She joins Trenaman in that 14-player squad. They were two of eight NSW players selected for the New Zealand tour.

Trenaman played all seven matches during the Breakers 20th Women’s National Cricket League title this season. She made 92 runs at the respectable average of 30.66 and was dismissed just three times from six innings.

Last season she captained the Female Australian Under 19 squad in a historic and successful tour of South Africa.

It was the first tour for a national Female Under 19 squad overseas, Trenaman led her country in a victorious tri-series that involved the South Africa Emerging Women and England Academy Women.

From six matches, Trenaman was the leading run-scorer of any player involved in that series, which included seven Youth One-Day Internationals and two T20 matches. She made 274 runs at 68.5 including a highest score of 122.

Vakarewa, 21, played five matches during the Breakers 20th successful WNCL campaign this season.

The fast bowler has played the single One-Day International for Australia against Sri Lanka at Bristol in England during the 2017 World Cup.   

The Governor-General’s XI squad also includes Sydney Sixers off-spinning allrounder Erin Burns. Another former Breakers great Leah Poulton will be an assistant coach for the group.

The match is inspired by the traditional Prime Minister’s XI game. The fixture against New Zealand will be the fourth year that the Governor’s General will feature on the Australian cricketing calendar.

Governor-General’s XI

Alex Blackwell (c) (Formerly New South Wales)

Erin Burns (ACT)

Josie Dooley (Queensland)

Nicole Faltum (wk) (Victoria)

Heather Graham (Western Australia)

Sammy-Jo Johnson (Queensland)

Phoebe Litchfield (New South Wales)

Tahlia McGrath (South Australia)

Rachel Rae-Martin (Australian Defence Force)

Annabel Sutherland (Victoria)

Rachel Trenaman (New South Wales)

Belinda Vakarewa (New South Wales)


Governor-General’s XI v New Zealand

28 February, Drummoyne Oval, Sydney

Broadcast live on Fox Sports