Tasmanian Roar all-rounder Erin Fazackerley says she’s excited by the opportunity to play against England, after being selected in a Governor-General’s XI squad which will play a one-off T20 tour match against the tourists next week.
The 19-year-old has been somewhat of a revelation for the Roar in her first WNCL season, being the second-highest run scorer in the Tasmanian outfit and proving to be a useful option with the ball.
“I was so excited, definitely surprised but excited was the main emotion for me,” Fazackerley said of her selection in the Governor-General’s XI squad.
“I think it’s going to be a great game and it will be good to meet players from other states and get to play with some of the best young talent around the country.
“To play against a side like England will be amazing, they’ve just won the World Cup so they’re a really high-quality team and to be in that environment will be great for me.”
Fazackerley said her primary focus for the summer was doing well with the Roar and cracking into the Hobart Hurricanes side, having signed a two-year WBBL contract which will see her kit up in purple for WBBL03 and WBBL04.
“I hadn’t really thought about representative cricket. In the future it’s something I want to pursue and aim for but I hadn’t thought of opportunities like this,” she said.
“Knowing you’re in the mix for these kinds of opportunities is really exciting.”
Fazackerley said she was enjoying the demands of top line women’s cricket and was starting to see a big off-season paying dividends.
“I’m really enjoying it. I put in a lot of work in the off-season and it’s starting to pay off which is nice,” she said.
“My main goal heading into the season was to play a game for the Roar, so I was really happy to play those first couple of games and do well.
“I think my bowling is improving a lot. I’m trying to make the most of my height and get quicker, as well as getting stronger and growing into my body.”
The Governor-General's XI squad will face England in the Governor-General’s XI Twenty20 match on Wednesday 15 November at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval.