Lauren Cheatle has expressed her surprise at getting another opportunity to play for Australia, and admitted that she was close to giving up on her cricket career altogether. Her performance in the recent WBBL season and the current campaign has been impressive, and she is now more confident in her body’s ability to handle the demands of international cricket. Cheatle has gone through multiple injuries and health scares, including a fourth shoulder operation and a cancer scare, which had a major impact on her mindset. However, she is grateful for the support she has received and is now looking forward to representing Australia in the upcoming Test match against India.
Cheatle will only be part of the Test leg of the upcoming tour, and whether she makes her debut in the format will depend on the team’s balance and selection decisions. Multi-day cricket is rare in women’s cricket, and Cheatle’s experience with it is limited to two tour matches, the most recent being for Australia A earlier this year in England. She acknowledges the differences in approach between T20 and multi-day cricket, and is excited about the prospect of playing in the longer format.
Despite the emotional whirlwind of her recall, Cheatle is looking forward to the upcoming challenge and is eager to make the most of this opportunity.