World Cup within reach
Delissa Kimmince will leave tomorrow morning on a trip that will take her to Malaysia and the West Indies in quest of the women’s World Cup in T20 cricket.
After bowling in each game of the Australian Southern Stars’ 3-0 series win against New Zealand, Kimmince was selected in the squad for both one-day internationals and the T20 World Cup.
She was surprised to make the one-day squad after not playing much one-day cricket in recent years.
“Most of my one-day international cricket was nearly 10 years ago,” she said.
Last season, she was called up for the T20 part of the Ashes series at a time she admits she was “thinking of getting a normal everyday job”.
“I was thinking of setting myself up outside of cricket but was lucky to get another opportunity in cricket,” she said.
“It was my last crack at it and I am really excited to be going on this tour.”
She is now in Australian cricket teams in two formats of the game and again in the Brisbane Heat team for the Big Bash League later this year.
After bowling well in the T20 series against New Zealand, Kimmince returned to club cricket last Sunday and scored 101 not out in 79 balls for her Gold Coast team.
“I hadn’t batted for a month,” she said.
“I was a bit rusty after not batting for a month. It is always nice to score runs and know I can do a job with the bat when needed.”
Kimmince believes she is a better player now than when she first played for Australia.
“I put so much pressure on myself when I was younger, I am now more relaxed and enjoying my cricket,” she said.
After playing one game for the Brisbane Lions in the inaugural AFLW competition in 2017, she decided to concentrate on cricket and it has paid off.
Australia will play six oneday games against Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur between October 18 and October 29.
They then play T20 World Cup warm-up games against England and South Africa on November 3 and 6 in the West Indies before the cup starts on November 9.
Australia plays Pakistan, Ireland, New Zealand and India in World Cup round games on November 9-17.
The cup semis will be on November 22 and grand final on November 24 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at North Sound.
A WICKET: Ellyse Perry (right) of Australia celebrates with Delissa Kimmince (left) after taking a catch to dismiss Sophie Devine (NZ) at Allan Border Field.