Melbourne-born Julie Hunter was a regular member of Victoria’s underage representative teams, having a particularly strong impact at the Under-17 tournament in 2000, despite only being 15-years-old. Hunter’s economical bowling saw her progress through the ranks to the Australian Under-19 team.
She made her domestic debut for Victoria in the 2003-04 season and her performances in her first Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season saw her rewarded with a call-up to the Australian Under-23 side to play against Sri Lanka.
Persistence paid off for Hunter when she made her debut for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in the 2010 Rose Bowl Series against New Zealand and remained in the national squad later that year which took home the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in 2010 in the West Indies.
Two years later Hunter played a key role in Australia’s defence of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. She finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker with 11 scalps and took 2-36 in the final against England.
The pace bowler’s economical overs helped her side to another World Cup six months later when they took home the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in 2013.
You can follow Julie on Twitter @JulezHunter