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Alex Blackwell


Off to Mumbai

29 January 2013 1

On the 25th of January I woke up well before my alarm. This is an unusual thing for me; ask my Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars teammates and they can all vouch for my sleeping-in abilities.

The explanation - this was the day we were departing for Mumbai to compete in the ICC Women's World Cup 2013.

I felt like one of the new kids, waking with all that excitement about the trip.

Well I'm not one of the new kids, in fact I'm one of the old girls! This will be my fifth World Cup and my third in the 50-over format.
 
We have a few fresh faces in the team. Renee Chappell has been re-called into the touring party after an impressive WNCL season for the WA Fury.

Seventeen-year-old right-arm quick Holly Ferling from Kingaroy in country Queensland must feel like she is living in a dream.

Holly made her debut for the Konica Minolta QLD Fire team this season and now  wears a green and gold jersey with her name on it!

Megan Schutt of the SA Scorpions has had a breakthrough WNCL season with the new ball and has transitioned into the international arena seamlessly.

Then we have Elyse ‘Junior’ Villani of the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit coming back into the fold after an absence of three years.

These fresh faces have injected a dose of enthusiasm and talent that will certainly help our bid to take out two world titles in the space of four months.

We would dearly love to place the One-Day World Cup next to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 World Cup that sits comfortable in our trophy cabinet.
 
Upon asking these young guns what they are most looking forward to about India, they each provided a different response.

Chaps is keen to tuck into the Indian cuisine and see some of the local kids playing their own games of cricket in the park.

Schuttie wants to get out and about and see as much as she can as she knows just how different Mumbai is going to be compared to Adelaide.

Holly was totally shocked when she got the call up and is looking forward to being a part of a major tournament and hopes to soak up the experience of being a part of this very successful Australian side. J

unior would like to get amongst the people and maybe even star in a Bollywood film.
 
What I look forward to the most would be coming away with the trophy.

After a disappointing home World Cup in 2009 I would love to be spraying the champagne with the team on the winners dias come 17 February.

But it must be done one step at a time! Our opening match of the tournament is against Pakistan on 1 February and we’re hoping to build some momentum in our warm-up matches against the West Indies and India to take into the tournament.

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