Queensland wicket-keeper Josie Dooley has earned selection in the first Australian Under-19 women's team to tour overseas.

The 14-player squad named today will travel to South Africa in April for a tri-series against South Africa and England.

The tour will be the first time Australia has sent an under-19 women’s team overseas, and the first time the side has played in 15 years, having last played in a 2003 series against England. 

Dooley, a WBBL Brisbane Heat rookie this season, made her Women's National Cricket League debut for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire in the final round of the competition earlier this month after also tasting representative selection during the summer with the Governor-General's XI that played against England during the Women's Ashes series.

She will be a key performer for Wests in the finals of the Katherine Raymont Shield that get underway soon.

Meanwhile 15-year-old Charli Knott will be a reserve player for the U-19 tour, capping off a superb week that saw the Mackay product set a record in the Katherine Raymont Shield for her club side Valley.

Knott, who captained the Queensland Under-15 side this season as well as playing in the Queensland Under-18 team, became the youngest century-maker in Women's Premier Cricket on the weekend for Valley.

Knott finished 110 not out as she and Queensland teammate Jess Bradley (65) broke the women's club record for a 5th wicket partnership.

Australia Under 19’s 

Name

U18 Side

State

WBBL Club

Stella Campbell

NSW Metro

 

Sydney Sixers (Rookie)

Maddy Darke

NSW Metro

 

 

Hannah Darlington

NSW Metro

 

Sydney Thunder

Josie Dooley

QLD

QLD

Brisbane Heat (Rookie)

Ellen Falconer

SA

SA

Adelaide Strikers

Nicole Faltum

VIC

VIC

Melbourne Stars

Saskia Horley

NSW Metro

NSW

 

Hayley Silver-Holmes

NSW Metro

 

Sydney Thunder (Rookie)

Annabel Sutherland

VIC

VIC

Melbourne Stars

Rachel Trenaman

ACT/NSW Country

NSW

Sydney Thunder

Tayla Vlaeminck

VIC

VIC

Melbourne Renegades

Georgia Wareham

VIC

VIC

Melbourne Renegades

Courtney Webb

TAS

TAS

Hobart Hurricanes (Rookie)

Tahlia Wilson

ACT/NSW Country

NSW

 

Coach: Leah Poulton

Assistant Coaches: Ben Sawyer and Luke Williams

 

The tri-series will pit Australia against South Africa’s Emerging Women and England Women’s Academy across four 50-over matches and two Twenty20s. The final will be played as a 50-over match on 28 April.

 

The leadership duties will be split across the formats, with 16-year-old all-rounder Rachael Trenaman named captain of the 50-over side, with Tasmanian Courtney Webb her deputy, whilst Saskia Horley will lead the T20 side with the support of Annabel Sutherland.                            

 

Speaking about the addition of an under-19 tour for the first time in more than a decade, Cricket Australia High Performance Coach and Under 19 Head Coach Leah Poulton said:

 

“I think it just goes to show how fast the female pathway has moved over the last few years. It’s an exciting time for women’s cricket and if Australia wants to stay at the top we really need to invest in our pathway, which I believe we’re doing well.

 

“The tour presents a really good opportunity for the players to get a taste of what it’s like to be in an elite touring environment. Putting your skills to the test in a variety of different conditions and situations is an essential part of being an elite cricketer.

 

“England and South Africa are two very good teams who will present some good challenges for the group. We want the players to be tested and to be pushed outside their comfort zones and to have to adapt to the different situations they find themselves in. This is a really exciting group of players who I think all have big futures in the game so I’m looking forward to seeing how they perform.”

 

The re-introduction of an under-19 side follows a restructure to the female pathway last year which brought it in line with the male pathway, with an Australia A side, Cricket Australia XI and National Performance Squad replacing the previous under-21 Shooting Stars.

 

Australian Under 19 Tour of South Africa

12 April, England Women Academy v Australia Under 19’s, TUT Oval, Johannesburg (50-overs)

14 April, South Africa Emerging Women v Australia Under 19’s, Elkah Stadium, Pretoria (50-overs)

18 April, Australia Under 19’s v England Women Academy, TUT Oval, Johannesburg (50-overs)

20 April, South Africa Emerging Women v Australia Under 19’s, Tuks Oval, Pretoria (50-overs)

24 April, England Women Academy v Australia Under 19’s, Tuks Oval, Pretoria (T20)

26 April, Australia Under 19’s v England Women Academy, TUT Oval, Johannesburg (T20)

29 April, FINAL, Tuks Oval, Pretoria (50-over)