Western Fury pace bowler Gemma Triscari is in line to make her Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars debut after being handed an 11th hour dream call-up to the Ashes next month.
Australia takes on England in a seven-game series of varying formats between 11 and 31 August and Cricket Australia yesterday announced Triscari was added to the Southern Stars squad as cover for the side's speedsters during the early part of the Tour.
The 23-year-old Bunbury product, who took her talents to Rockingham-Mandurah before settling at Subiaco Marist, was on standby for the Tour, but was told earlier in the week that she would be activated and flies to the UK tomorrow.
"I was a bit stunned and I had to make sure they weren't joking," Triscari said.
"So it was all exciting, but then the nerves kicked in.
"I first got a call on Saturday night from the Chair of Selectors, Julie Savage.
"I was on standby already, but they informed me I'd gone to Heightened Standby, so that I could get some things in place just in case.
"Then Monday night at about 8:00, I was told, yep, I was on the plane on Thursday.
"It was more a relief at that point than anything else."
Triscari is almost certain to play in the Tour match against the England Women A leading into the Ashes on 5-6 August and could be called upon for the crucial Test of the Ashes series.
A change in format will have the Ashes decided over seven matches - one Test, three ODIs and three T20s - with six points awarded for a Test win and two points for victory in the limited over games.
The Southern Stars are coming off a rich vein of form over the past 12 months, having won the ICC Women's World Twenty20 and the ICC Women's World Cup in the past 12 months.
The period was also a watershed moment for WA women's cricket, with Fury spinner Renee Chappell making her national debut in the World Cup winning side, making her the first West Australian woman since 2000 to go to the tournament and the first WA player to make her debut in the Australia fold since 1995.
The 2012-13 summer also had the state team make its first WNCL finals series in 13 years and its first-ever WT20 final.
Triscari said the form of the national team had the Southern Stars brimming with confidence.
"We showed during the World Cup that the side is unbeatable at its best," Triscari said.
"We have a good record against England, so I think the girls are pretty confident to not only win the Test match, but the whole series.
"The team is quite confident; the focus is to win the Test match first and then turn the focus to the ODIs and the Twenty20s.
"Although we're one-up on them, they are a competitive side and they've got some really good, key players."
Triscari has been on the fringes of her Southern Stars debut, having made her maiden Second XI (Shooting Stars) squad in February 2011, a season in which she also claimed the Zoe Goss Medal as WA women's player of the year.
Triscari posted a strong 2012-13 season, with 16 wickets across her combined 18 games in the WNCL and WT20 competitions.
"I had a really good break in the off-season and came back with that recognition that I am in the Australian squad, I am close to selection," she said.
"So I knew I needed to pull my weight, knowing that this could be the season and this could be the Tour that I'm an option for.
"I had really good support from my coaches, who worked me up to a level where I'm ready and I'm just thankful for them having looked after me and preparing me the way they have.
"I'm just excited to see what happens and I'm not going over there with too many expectations."
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First Posted 01 August, 2013 10:54AM AEST