Southern Star tips bright future

ADVICE FROM THE TOP: Erin Osbourne, Alex Blackwell and Kara Sutherland, who represent the NSW Breakers and the Australian Southern Stars, with Sydney North players at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday during the PSSA girls cricket carnival.
ADVICE FROM THE TOP: Erin Osbourne, Alex Blackwell and Kara Sutherland, who represent the NSW Breakers and the Australian Southern Stars, with Sydney North players at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday during the PSSA girls cricket carnival. Marc Stapelberg

Alex Blackwell

AUSTRALIAN Southern Stars vice-captain Alex Blackwell believes women's cricket could soon be an avenue for girls to make a living.

Blackwell was in Lismore yesterday and was joined by Australian team-mate Erin Osborne and NSW player Kara Sutherland.

They spent the day travelling between games at the NSW Primary Schools girls' cricket carnival.

"It's not a particularly lucrative thing for us to be part of, we do it for the love of the game and a lot of female team sports are like that," Blackwell said.

"I think these girls are the age group (10-12 years) that could be professional and make money.

"When I was their age I hadn't even heard of the Australian Southern Stars but we are moving forward and are on TV now and it's likely that these girls have seen us play."

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"To meet us in person is hopefully something special and helps keep them involved in the game," Blackwell said.

Blackwell has been playing for a decade and reached the 100-game milestone in the Women's National Cricket League for NSW last month.

The talented allrounder is looking forward to the 50-over World Cup in India next year.

The Australian team has already won back-to-back Twenty20 World Cups.

They also have The Ashes and there is other Test cricket on the horizon.

"Soccer was always a big thing for me but there are so many complex skills to cricket," Blackwell said.

"We have three formats of the game and who knows what it will be in the future."

Blackwell, Osborne and Sutherland attended a dinner last night and will be at the Lismore games again today.

"I hope we can show the girls that if you enjoy the game of cricket it can take you a long way," Blackwell said.

"I've been impressed so far with the positioning and shot selection, it's proper quality cricket.

"I think it's a sport that's very suitable for girls with the mental challenges of the game and the social side of things.

"It's Australia's favourite sport and it's for everyone."

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