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FORMER Alstonville cricketer Georgia Redmayne has been selected in a Cricket Australia XI squad which will compete in two 50-over matches against England next week.
Redmayne (pictured) is a wicket keeper-batter who plays for Tasmania Roar in the Women's National Cricket League and with Hobart in the Big Bash Twenty-20 competition.
The matches will serve as preparation for the England Ashes series which kicks off on October 22.
Redmayne said she was looking forward to the opportunity of playing against the best women's one-day side in the world.
After playing in the Australian Southern Stars squad in Sri Lanka earlier this year, Redmayne is looking to play as much representative cricket as possible.
"It's a pretty great opportunity to play two one-day games against England who are a World Cup winning team, so I'm really excited to be a part of those games,” she told Roar media.
"I enjoyed that opportunity to go to Sri Lanka and play in completely different conditions. After that tour and getting a taste of representative cricket you want more.
"To be a part of the trial games against England is something really special. You always want to take every opportunity you get and it's nice to know that I'm in the selectors' minds.”
Redmayne has achieved a lot since leaving the New South Wales Breakers and making the move to Tasmania last season.
Twelve months ago she became the first Roar player to score a century in the national league with 114 not out in a thrilling final ball win over Australian Captial Territory.
She backed it up with 116 against Western Australia three weeks later.
Redmayne finished as the fifth highest run-scorer in the competition and scored 279 runs for the Hurricanes in the Big Bash.
Meanwhile, despite two losses for Tasmania over the opening weekend of the WNCL, Redmayne believes there are positive signs for the season ahead.
"We showed that we're competitive, we lost a couple of early wickets when batting in both games but were able to rebuild,” she said.
"On a different day if we take some chances in the field, then those results could be different but that's cricket.”