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Vakarewa ready for WWC debut: Schutt

Megan Schutt knows a thing or two about taking a World Cup unawares, as she passes on her knowledge to fellow pace-product Belinda Vakarewa

Australia seamer Megan Schutt says she "loves what she's seen" so far from uncapped quick Belinda Vakarewa as the Southern Stars ramp up their World Cup preparations in Queensland.

Vakarewa, 19, bolted into Australia's final 15-player squad for the 50-over tournament in England just eight months after making her domestic debut for New South Wales.

The teenager has been working closely with Schutt during Australia's pre-tournament training camps in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast, with the latter enjoying the chance to mentor a fellow in-swinger.

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Should Vakarewa be handed an international debut on the biggest stage when the tournament gets underway later this month, Schutt is tipping her to succeed.

"(Bowling coach) Joe Dawes has teamed us together a bit at camp and I love what I've seen, to be honest," Schutt told cricket.com.au.

"She hits the deck and gets a lot of pop. She's got good pace, a pretty simple action and moves the ball more often than not.

"I think she's a big up-and-comer so it wasn't a surprise to me when she was picked in the squad."

The pair don't just share a knack for in-swing, Schutt also knows exactly how it feels to be a young, inexperienced player called into a World Cup squad.

Megan Schutt was the leading wicket taker at the 2013 World Cup // Getty
Megan Schutt was the leading wicket taker at the 2013 World Cup // Getty

Four years ago, the then-20-year-old had just two one-day internationals under her belt when she travelled to India for the 2013 tournament.

There, the South Australian took the tournament by storm, collecting 15 wickets in seven matches to finish as the overall leading wicket taker, helping Australia claim their sixth title in the process.

"It's exciting to have someone who hasn't got a cap under their belt but I know she's got the talent behind her.

"I think she's ready," Schutt said.

The Southern Stars are finalising their preparations with a series of intra-squad matches in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast this week, ahead of their departure for the United Kingdom on June 10.

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Speaking ahead of Australia's second hit-out on Wednesday, Vakarewa said she was relishing life in the national squad.

"It's an unbelievable experience just to be selected in the squad and to be going to England with such a great team," Vakarewa said.

"Everyone gets along well and they've all been really welcoming."

While Schutt has enjoyed the chance to mentor her younger pace counterpart, Vakarewa has equally enjoyed the chance to work alongside the South Australian.

"She's given me advice from the first day, even if she's on the opposition (intra-squad) team," she explained.

"It's been really good.

"She's someone I'm working closely with because of how similarly we bowl and I'm learning a lot off her."


Women's World Cup 2017 Guide


Australia World Cup squad: Sarah Aley, Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell (vc), Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Meg Lanning (c), Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington

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Australia's World Cup schedule


View the full tournament schedule here


Warm-up matches


June 20: Australia v South Africa, Oakham


June 22: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester



Tournament


June 26: Australia v West Indies, Taunton


June 29: Australia v Sri Lanka, Bristol


July 2: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol


July 5: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester


July 9: Australia v England, Bristol


July 12: Australia v India, Bristol


July 15: Australia v South Africa, Taunton


July 18: First semi-final, Bristol


July 20: Second semi-final, Derby


July 23: Final, Lord's


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