21/04/2024

Alana King in action for Perth Scorchers. Picture: Perth Scorchers

It was a dream come true for Western Australia all-rounder Alana King as she was selected in the Ashes squad ahead of the series starting this month.

It was a dream come true for Western Australia all-rounder Alana King as she was selected in the Ashes squad ahead of the series starting this month.

The 26-year-old moved to WA ahead of the 2020/21 season from Victoria and said she’s got WA Cricket to thank for reaching the Ashes squad.

“I think these last 18 months have been a massive shift in in my cricketing career and I’ll say this time and time again that I’ve got WA Cricket to thank,” she said.

“They’ve taken a big leap of faith in me and it goes down to the players, the support staff… just everyone in this organisation.

“It took the whole organisation to get me to where I am today and I’m very thankful for them.”
King, who won the WBBL with the Perth Scorchers late last year, said she got the phone call from the head selector on Saturday to inform her of the news.

“Mum and dad were the first people I called up and I could not stop smiling,” she said.

“Obviously there’s a lot of excitement around the family and a couple of tears of joy, which is obviously expected.

“I’m very excited and I don’t think the smiles been wiped off my face yet.

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“I’m pretty stoked that I’m part of this amazing, amazing squad and I’m just going to be a big sponge around the group and take in as much as possible and learn from the best in the world.”

King is surrounded by a lot of international quality, including captain Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, and Ash Gardner, and she’s desperate to learn.

“They are the number one team for a reason, so I’m going to be surrounded by some amazing players and hopefully I can just take it all in,” she said.

“If my opportunity comes, I’ll hopefully take it with two hands.

“I’m not sure what my role is going to be, that’s obviously going to be discussed with the captain and head coach over the next couple of days.

“I’m just excited to be around the group and what a series to be a part of the Ashes, which is probably the pinnacle in the game of cricket, whether it’s men or women.

“I think I’ve got confidence, full confidence in my game and they believe and I believe that I can play in any format of the game.

“So whatever it is, I know I’ll be ready to go whenever I get the call up.”

The Ashes T20 gets underway on January 20 at Adelaide Oval, before the Test match on January 27 at Manuka Oval and ODI on February 3, also at Manuka Oval.

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