Debut: Lauren Cheatle has been ranked as among the nation’s 10 fastest bowlers.Australian Test squad selected with a new era in mind
Sixteen-year-old fast bowler Lauren Cheatle will make her senior state debut for the NSW Breakers when she’s unleashed against Queensland in Sunday’s WNCL match at Hurstville Oval.
The teenager from Bowral, who was picked in the Breakers squad at 15, has been selected to exploit the ground’s conditions with her left-arm fast-medium deliveries.
“The fact that we’re on a fast, flat track helped earn Lauren selection,” said Breakers coach Jo Broadbent. “Even though the WACA pitch in our first two games was like that as well, we wanted to go in with an extra batter in those first two rounds.
“We feel our batting is going along nicely now, and we do want to try and get wicket-takers into the side and we see Lauren as someone who can play that role.”
Cheatle, whose father Giles was a spin bowler in England and played for Sussex and Surrey, has already represented Australia A and was last season ranked by Broadbent among the nation’s 10 fastest bowlers.
“She’ll go as far as the amount of work that she puts in,” said Broadbent of Cheatle’s potential. “She’s still very young but there is that Australian level she could reach – provided she can keep her body fit.”
With internationals Alex Blackwell, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes, Rene Farrell and Laura Marsh surrounding Cheatle, Broadbent said the teenager won’t lack support against a Queensland team that’s recorded impressive victories over Tasmania and the ACT.
“She’s been chosen for what she has shown already, she has the toolbox of being able to bowl in-swing and across the right-handers as well,” she said. “We’re not going to ask her to do anything she hasn’t done already.”
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