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Strano's Ashes call up

15 November 2017

Molly Strano is expecting some tough competition as Australia attempts to secure an Ashes series win over England.

The Renegades spinner was brought into the Australian squad, alongside fast bowler Sarah Aley and all-rounder Delissa Kimmince.

Australia holds a 6-4 points advantage over England, meaning a win on one of the three T20s will be enough to draw the series and retain the Ashes.

“It’s a massive challenge, three T20s and they’ve got to win them all – so I can imagine there will be some pretty attacking cricket over the next couple of days,” Strano said.

“It will be exciting – I love it when the batters come after me as a bowler … it will be a good challenge not only for me but all of us to face an English team that is pretty pumped up.

“They are a very strong team … they bat very deep and they’ve got some strong hitters as well.

“It will be a tough assignment but we’re all pumped for it.”

Strano was impressive in three T20s earlier this year against New Zealand.

The 25-year-old took seven wickets including a haul of 5-10.

But competition for spots in the national side is fierce with Australia boasting a burgeoning array of spinning options.

"We're blessed in the Australian set-up to have so many quality spinners of different descriptions, we've got right-arm leggies, left-arm offies, and a couple of right-arm offies as well so there's a great variety there,” Strano said.

"It's a continuous challenge, the batting has improved out of sight the last couple of years. I'm finding it a lot tougher as a bowler now the way the batting's developed. It is tough but you've got to keep evolving your game. Your game develops quite quickly when you're in this environment.

“I got the phone call on Monday night after training and I was out by Tuesday afternoon so it was a quick turnaround and a bit of a shock and I’m still in a little bit of shock now.

“I’ve been training with my state team and working so just normal life until yesterday when I had to put it on hold for the next two weeks.”

Strano will play a key role for the Renegades when the WBBL gets underway next month.

She has been appointed vice-captain and her leadership ability has also been recognised at a national level with Strano captaining a Cricket Australian XI against England last week.

“It was a really good experience, I’ve never really captained a team before and to captain a team of girls from all over the country who I don’t really know that well was a good challenge for me and a good ‘PD’ opportunity so it was really awesome and I loved it,” Strano said.

“I’ve recently been appointed to the vice-captaincy role at the Renegades and the Vic Spirit so it’s something I’m trying to evolve and part of my game which I feel I can contribute to teams that I play in.”

The Ashes T20s will be played on November 17 (North Sydney), 19 and 21 (Manuka Oval).

The Renegades WBBL season gets underway against Sydney Thunder on December 9th.

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