South Australian Megan Schutt realised a childhood dream when she was called into the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars team that recorded a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over New Zealand.
“It means everything to me to be able to represent my country," Schutt said, after becoming the 123rd female cricketer to represent Australia on Monday.
"This is what I’ve wanted since I was a kid and it’s a dream come true.”
Schutt was presented with her Australian cap (number 123) prior to the start of the match and said that the side’s win in the third One-Day International (ODI) of the Rose Bowl Series could not have been more perfect.
“It was very exciting to make my debut today, especially with a big win like that. I couldn’t have asked for a better debut,” Schutt said.
The right-arm medium-fast bowler joined the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad following the first ODI of the Series and said that she was pleasantly surprised to get the call-up.
“I was excited but also very nervous, I was just so happy to be joining the team,” Schutt said.
“The girls were really welcoming and made me feel like part of the team very quickly.”
Schutt has featured in the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars side but says the elevation to the senior squad has provided her with an opportunity to further her skills.
“The level of cricket is stronger and there is definitely an increased skill level among the group,” Schutt said.
“There is so much to learn from the players in this side, which can only be a good thing for my game.”
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 17 December, 2012 9:32PM AEST