Duffin, who played three Tests, 50 ODIs and 64 T20Is before retiring from international cricket in 2015, has been selected in the Fire squad for the matches against NSW Breakers on Friday on the Gold Coast and the ACT Meteors on Sunday at Allan Border Field.

Teenage Kingaroy quick Courtney Sippel and Dutch international Sterre Kalis have also been included in the squad and would also make their WNCL debut if chosen.

Duffin has successfully mixed cricket with Australian Rules Football, playing for Collingwood in the first two seasons of AFLW before signing with North Melbourne.

Fire coach Pete McGiffin said Duffin’s experience and skill would be an asset for the matches against defending champions NSW and the Meteors.

“Jess has fitted in really well into the squad,’’ he said. “She’s very professional and has hit them nicely in the warm-up games we have had.”

The Fire will train at Bill Pippen Oval at Robina from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon ahead of that venue hosting a WNCL game for the first time.

The Kerrydale complex is the home of the Gold Coast Dolphins and has previously hosted a Toyota Futures League 2nd XI game and training and playing camps for the Australian Women’s team.

Women’s National Cricket League, Rd 1

Konica Minolta Queensland Fire v NSW Breakers

Friday September 21, 9.30am, Bill Pippen Oval, Gold Coast.

Kirby Short (c)

Jemma Barsby

Haidee Birkett

Tess Cooper

Josie Dooley

Jess Duffin

Grace Harris

Sammy Jo Johnson

Sterre Kalis

Delissa Kimmince

Beth Mooney

Georgia Prestwidge

Courtney Sippel

(one to be omitted, 12th player to be named at the toss)

 

Women’s National Cricket League, Rd 2

Konica Minolta Queensland Fire v ACT Meteors

Sunday September 23, 9.30am, Allan Border Field

Kirby Short (c)

Jemma Barsby

Haidee Birkett

Tess Cooper

Josie Dooley

Jess Duffin

Grace Harris

Sammy Jo Johnson

Delissa Kimmince

Beth Mooney

Georgia Prestwidge

Courtney Sippel

(12th player to be named at the toss)