Sydney Thunder batter and Australian Vice-Captain Rachael Haynes was given an unlikely opportunity to prepare for Saturday’s T20 against New Zealand yesterday when she played for the CA XI against New Zealand.
Not required to bat during Australia’s 9-wicket victory over the CA XI in the first fixture of the day at Manly, Haynes then joined the CA XI to take on New Zealand in the second fixture.
"It was a little bit unplanned, but that's the nature of T20 when you bat middle order – sometimes you don't get a hit, so it was nice to get an opportunity in the afternoon and spend some time in the middle," said Haynes.
"It happened very late in the piece, in the changeover of the innings when the opportunity (for an extra hit) was put to the batters and I was pretty keen to take it. It was nice to have a hit and get an insight into what's to come in the series."
Haynes made 56 from 35 balls in an impressive display two days out from the first game of the T20 Series against New Zealand. Haynes started the season well for NSW with a 21 and 89 in their first two fixtures of the WNCL.
The 31-year old is joined in the squad by Thunder teammate Nicola Carey for the three match series.