Cleary & Graham Named In Shooting Stars
14 March 2017  

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Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury duo Piepa Cleary and Heather Graham have been named by Cricket Australia’s National Selection panel in a 13-player Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars squad to tour Sri Lanka from 27 March – 11 April.

Made up of Australia’s best emerging players aged 21 and under, the side will be coached by former Australian fast-bowler and Women’s Youth Coach, Cathryn Fitzpatrick with Victoria and Melbourne Stars’ Coach, David Hemp acting as Assistant Coach. 

The squad will assemble at the Bupa National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Brisbane on Sunday 26 March before flying to Colombo where they will play three One-Day fixtures and three Twenty20s against Sri Lanka.

The Fury and Scorchers pair, both 20, enjoyed breakout seasons during the 2016-17 Rebel Women’s Big Bash League as Perth reached the decider. 

Cleary took 11 wickets from eight matches in WBBL|02, with a team best economy rate of 5.24 and tidy average of 11.9. 

Graham made 239 at an average of 29.87 in WBBL|02 while she also took 10 wickets with the ball. 

Speaking following the selection of the side, National Selector Shawn Flegler said: "The players that have been included in this squad were all standouts across the summer, with some really impressive performances for their domestic sides and Women’s Big Bash League clubs.” 

Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars squad to tour Sri Lanka: 

Name State/WBBL Club Age 

Jemma Barsby QLD/Heat 21 

Maitlan Brown ACT/Renegades 19 

Piepa Cleary WA/Scorchers 20 

Tess Cooper QLD/Heat 20 

Heather Graham WA/Scorchers 20 

Mikayla Hinkley* NSW/Thunder 18 

Alana King VIC/Stars 21 

Tahlia McGrath SA/Strikers 21 

Georgia Redmayne TAS/Hurricanes 23 

Lauren Smith NSW/Sixers 20 

Rachel Trenaman ACT/NSW Country 15 

Belinda Vakarewa NSW/Thunder 19 

Georgia Wareham VIC/Renegades 17 

*subject to fitness 

Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars v Sri Lanka schedule 

30 March: First ODI, Moors, Colombo 

1 April: Second ODI, Moors, Colombo 

3 April: Third ODI, FTZ Katunayake, Colombo 

6 April: First T20, Bloomfield, Colombo 

8 April: Second T20, FTZ Katunayake, Colombo 

10 April: Third T20, FTZ Katunayake, Colombo