SELECTION: Ashes tourists Jess Jonassen and Delissa Kimmince before a Brisbane Heat WBBL game in Mackay in January.
SELECTION: Ashes tourists Jess Jonassen and Delissa Kimmince before a Brisbane Heat WBBL game in Mackay in January. Aidan Cureton

Delissa's star to shine on Ashes

CRICKET: Delissa Kimmince is a chance to make her Test debut as the Australian Southern Stars head to England for the Ashes series.

Four years ago, she was called up to the Ashes for the T20 component but had to withdraw due to a back injury.

This time, she is in the Southern Stars team for all three forms of the game.

The only Tests for the women are one in each Ashes series against England.

Kimmince said it would be nice to be part of the long tour to England.

"I have predominately been playing white ball cricket for Australia,” she said.

She isn't getting carried away with her Test prospects and with it the chance of a baggy green cap.

"I expect they will back the teams (for each format) which have been there previously,” Kimmince said.

She has been part of a training camp in Brisbane and expects most of the touring party to start training with their state squads which are returning for the new season at this time.

As her career has evolved into being a bowling all rounder, Kimmince said she gets plenty of help from bowling coach Ben Sawyer.

"He doesn't change a lot, just a little tweak here and there,” Kimmince said.

She said it was nice to be rewarded for choosing cricket over AFL after she debuted for the Brisbane Lions in the first season of the AFLW competition two years ago.

Around the same time, Kimmince was in the Brisbane Heat cricket team with Australian tennis player Ash Barty who had a year off tennis.

Despite being in a different sport now, Kimmince said she and Barty kept a close look at each other's performances and kept in touch.

"I have seen quite a few of her tennis games on television. She loves to have people around and I know how hard she works,” Kimmince said.

Kimmince is one of five potential Test debutants, alongside the 13-strong Australia A group which is also touring England in the United Kingdom summer.

Selectors have named one squad to cover all three formats in the United Kingdom - the Ashes rivals will meet in three ODIs, one Test and three T20Is from July 2.

Australian selectors will be able to call on any of the Australia A tourists if form or fitness demanded.

Kimmince first played for Australia as a teenager in a one-day international at Christchurch in New Zealand.

She later had a break from the game before returning in English county cricket where she shone with the bat.

The Warwick player was next selected for Australia in T20 cricket and only in the last Australian season, did she return in one-day cricket.

A lot of the credit for her early success should go to coaches Ian Rathmell and her father Peter Kimmince.

ASHES TEAM: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham



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