Teenage quick Darcie Brown has bolted into Australian contention after just one Big Bash season, called up for the women’s white-ball tour of New Zealand.
Brown was on Tuesday named in an extended 17-woman squad, along with fellow youngster Hannah Darlington for the three ODIs and T20s next month.
Ellyse Perry has also been included after making her come back from a hamstring tear, while young quick Tayla Vlaeminck is back after her injury woes.
But it is Brown and Darlington’s selections that stand out.
Brown only made her WBBL debut this summer, and took 10 wickets at 22.10 while going at less than a run a ball.
But she is regarded as someone who will one day become one of the quickest bowlers in the women’s game, already reaching speeds of 116km/h.
“Darcie enjoyed an excellent Rebel WBBL campaign with the Adelaide Strikers and has also made a great start to the WNCL with the SA Scorpions,” chief selector Shawn Flegler said.
“Her ability to bowl fast outswing makes her an exciting prospect at just 17 years old.”
Meanwhile Darlington was the young star of Sydney Thunder’s WBBL win, taking two wickets in two balls in the semi-final to put them into the decider.
At age 20 she is considered one of the next bright lights out of the NSW system, after debuting last season.
“She has been brought into the squad primarily with a T20 focus,” Flegler said.
“As we look towards both the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa.”
Australia squad: Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Darcie Brown, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Belinda Vakarewa, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.