Phoebe Litchfield named in Cricket Australia XI for T20 tour match against Sri Lanka

WORLD STAGE: Phoebe Litchfield will don green and gold again as part of the Cricket Australia XI to face Sri Lanka. Photo: CATHERINE LITCHFIELD
WORLD STAGE: Phoebe Litchfield will don green and gold again as part of the Cricket Australia XI to face Sri Lanka. Photo: CATHERINE LITCHFIELD

Orange's Phoebe Litchfield appears to be firmly on the Australian selectors' radars after being named in a squad of the nation's brightest talents to take on Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 tour game at Hurstville Oval on Friday.

Her promising start to her maiden Women's National Cricket League clearly didn't go unnoticed after, despite being just 16, being included in the 12-strong squad to tackle the touring Sri Lankans before their series against the Southern Stars.

South Australia Scorpions captain Tahlia McGrath will skipper the Cricket Australia XI with Heather Graham also included in the squad as her deputy, the latter was also named in the Southern Stars' squad.

Litchfield's fellow 16-year-old Breaker Hayley Silver-Holmes has also been named while Darcie Brown and Charli Knott, also 16, have been named too.

Cricket Australia XI coach Leah Poulton said the tour game will act as a crucial step forward in the youthful quartet's road to the Australian side proper.

"For players like Darcie, Charli, Phoebe and Hayley ... this match is another important step in their development and no doubt they'll benefit from the experience of being around more experienced players," Poulton told cricket.com.au.

"The selectors have picked an exciting squad that features a mix of the best emerging talent from a range of pathway programs for the fixture which presents the players with a fantastic opportunity to test themselves against international opposition."

After playing a vital role in NSW's opening Women's National Cricket League victory over South Australia on Sunday, Litchfield again showed her promise in the Breakers' seven-wicket loss to Victoria on Tuesday.

Her side was left reeling at 2-0 after Lisa Griffith and first-game hero Tahlia Wilson were both dismissed without scoring, before Naomi Stalenberg (53) and Rachel Trenaman (52) steadied the ship with a 115-run, third-wicket stand.

Litchfield entered the fray after the latter was dismissed and remained rock-solid at one end as her side's middle-order faltered. She watched on as Stalenberg, Saskia Horley (2), Lauren Cheatle (4) and Rene Farrell (0) were dismissed.

The former Kinross star was eventually uprooted for 17 by Molly Strano, after doing everything she could to lift her Breakers side to a competitive total.

They finished with 186, which the Victorians knocked off comfortably by seven wickets.

Litchfield's Cricket Australia XI face Sri Lanka in Friday afternoon's Twenty20 tour game from 2pm at Hurstville Oval.

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