Left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen showed great potential from an early age. She captained Queensland’s Under-15 girls team to the national title for the first time in 2006-07, while also claiming the Player-of the-Tournament award.
A frequent underage representative, she was selected in the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars squad at the age of 15.
Hailing from Rockhampton, Jonassen has had impressive figures at domestic level while playing for her state side the Queensland Fire. At just 18 years of age in her third full season of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), Jonassen won Queensland Fire’s Player of the Year award.
In the 2010-11 season she was elevated up the batting order to number three and finished the season as the second-highest run scorer for her state in the WT20 competition, which included a top score of 84 not out. Jonassen’s left-arm off-spinners also troubled the batters, claiming 11 wickets in the same season.
Since making her debut for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in early 2012 Jonassen has cemented a regular place in the side. She made an impression in her first three months of international cricket, claiming five ODI wickets and four wickets in the T20 format, which she backed up with decent spells at the crease, despite batting down the order.
Later that year she continued her strong international showing at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. After a solid tournament of economical bowling, she claimed career-best T20 figures in the final, taking 3-25 in her side’s victory over England.
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