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Young stars unearthed in Test side

- EMMA GREENWOOD

THE talk before the match centred around Australia’s veterans.

But by the time the first ball was bowled in a historic pink ball Test between Australia and India, focus had shifted to generation next after the Aussies named four debutants, including three teenagers.

The Australian women had not played a Test match since taking on England in 2019, with the chance to don the famous baggy green a rare occurrence.

But in naming 19-year-old pair Stella Campbell and Annabel Sutherland, Darcie Brown, 18, and Georgia Wareham, 22, Australia has ensured it bloods a new generation of Test cricketers.

An injury to Rachel Haynes during the recent ODI series meant there were only seven players with Test experience in the squad and the Aussies would field at least four debutants.

They had plenty to choose from, with nine members of the wider squad vying to make their Test debuts.

But how much Test cricket will they get to play?

A suspension of play at 5.30pm for the first summer thundersto­rm of the season was more than just annoying for athletes that rarely get the chance to don the whites.

Australia has not played India for 15 years and the chance to play against one of the emerging powers in women’s cricket is thrilling for the players.

The nations have played 10 times and should be regular combatants in a Test series, not just a multi-format league.

Otherwise, like Wareham, who narrowly missed selection for the Ashes Test in 2019, players could be waiting years to make their debuts.

Wareham overcame a quad injury to take her place and avoid that disappoint­ment again.

But any delay in her rehabilita­tion would have seen her miss out. At least the Aussies have another Test to look forward to this summer.

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