Penrith Cricket Club junior Kate Pelle has been named in the Australian Under 19 squad for the T20 World Cup in South Africa early next year.
Pelle is now with Parramatta Cricket Club.
Australia’s squad, which contains eight players with domestic experience, will be led by head coach Sarah Aley and her assistants, Erin Osborne and Dulip Samaraweera.
Australia will play group matches against Bangladesh, the USA and Sri Lanka at the World Cup, which gets underway on January 14.
The Youth Selection Panel selected a 15-player Australian squad following the conclusion of the 2022-23 Under 19 Female National Championships in Perth, which was on by NSW Metro.
“It has been exciting to see the talent on display at this year’s Under 19 Female National Championships,” said Cricket Australia Head of Women’s Performance, Shawn Flegler.
“The Under 19 World Cup provides players with an exceptional development opportunity, and we look forward to watching our team on the world stage.
“Our squad has several players who have experienced professional cricket environments, but final selection for the World Cup was based on overall performances across a variety of competitions.
“Inevitably, there were difficult selection decisions, but we will continue to support and monitor the development of all players in our pathway systems.”
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