Wests teenager Josie Dooley has capped a big few days with selection for the Governor-General’s XI Twenty20 match against a touring England side on Wednesday 15 November, at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval.
Dooley, 17, scored her maiden Premier Cricket century for Wests in the Katherine Raymont Shield on Sunday, with her milestone believed to make her one of the youngest players to achieve such a feat in women's first grade in Brisbane.
The wicket-keeper/batter was a stand-out during the Rookie Challenge last month when she was the player of the tournament and will be a key player for the Queensland Under-18 team that will compete at the National titles later this year.
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel have named a 12-player squad for the Governor-General’s XI Twenty20 match against a touring England side on Wednesday 15 November, at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval.
Australian batter Nicole Bolton will lead the side which features a host of talented young cricketers.
The important role cricket plays in the armed services will again be recognised by the selection of Able Seaman Chelsea Veney in the Governor-General’s XI following her nomination by Cricket ADF.
Governor-General’s XI squad (state/age)
Nicole Bolton (WA, 28)
Hayleigh Brennan (VIC, 18)
Lauren Cheatle (NSW, 20)
Josephine Dooley (QLD, 17)
Erin Fazackerley (TAS, 19)
Heather Graham (WA, 21)
Mikayla Hinkley (NSW, 19)
Sophie Molineux (VIC, 19)
Naomi Stalenberg (NSW, 23)
Rachel Trenaman (NSW, 16)
Chelsea Veney (Cricket ADF, 22)
Georgia Wareham (VIC,18)
Commenting on the squad, National Selector Shawn Flegler said: “It’s really pleasing to be able to give some of Australia’s young talent chance to test themselves against an International side.
“With an average age of 20, It’s great to see some new faces put their hand up, with only three of these squad members part of last year’s team.
“Nicole Bolton will bring some fantastic skills and experience to the side and will be looking to lead this young team from the front.”
Inspired by the traditional Prime Minister’s XI match for Australia’s male cricketers, the Governor-General’s XI fixture returns for the third consecutive summer, with the home side having claimed its first win last year against South Africa with the inaugural match abandoned due to rain.
The fixture comes at an exciting time in Australia, with the number one ranked team in the world - the Australian Women’s Cricket Team – just one Test win away from retaining the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes with three T20 Internationals still to be played.
The Governor-General’s XI will assemble in Sydney on the 14 November, where they will join the England squad to attend a reception hosted by the Governor-General at Sydney’s Admiralty House.
Entry to the Governor-General’s XI v England match is free with play commencing at 6:30pm on
Wednesday 15 November at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney.
Those unable to make it to the match can watch it live and free on www.cricket.com.au or via the Official Cricket Australia Live app.