Sydney Thunder captain Alex Blackwell believes that the Southern Stars have had the perfect preparation ahead of the Women’s World Cup which gets underway in England on 24 June.
“I’ve been apart of a few World Cups, I really think this ones going to be really special,” said Blackwell.
“Women’s cricket is in a wonderful place and I think England is going to put on a really good show.
“We’ve had many women who have laid that path before us and allowed us to become professionals and we really want to represent them well.”
Blackwell is joined in the Southern Stars squad by two Thunder teammates, Rachael Haynes and Belinda Vakarewa with the squad having an extended camp in Queensland.
“We’ve had a wonderful preparation, a couple of inter-squad matches and sunshine every day,” said Blackwell.
“We go over there in really high spirits.
“It’s something quite new to have something like five weeks in total in camp in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.
“We haven’t seen that before; it was a bit unknown but I know the coaches really thought it through and each of the weeks had a different focus and to finish it off with three matches we couldn’t have asked for better preparation.”
The Southern Stars open their World Cup campaign on 26 June against Stafanie Taylor’s West Indies in Taunton.