Alex Blackwell, the Australia legend to lead Governor-General’s XI against New Zealand in a 50-over match, during February’s Women’s ODI series in Sydney.
The Governor-General’s XI match is a concept taken into inspiration by Prime Minister’s XI game. This is the fourth running year. It features the next generation of female players as well as some more established players in Australia, which are selected by Cricket Australia in consultation with the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, against a touring team annually. The team will be announced in the lead up to the match. “I look forward to seeing the rest of the 11 which will be announced next week,” said Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell has been named skipper of the team against the White Ferns. On which she said that it is a “Great honour” to be named Captain of the GG’s XI.
“This opportunity to play in GG’s XI many merging young Australia players have a chance to test themselves against the New Zealand team. It’ll be a great addition to them in their pathway at the very top of the sport,” said Alex Blackwell
The match will be a 50-over game at Drummoyne Oval, Sydney on February 28. It will be held between the second and third ODIs between Australia and New Zealand for the Rose Bowl trophy.
The 34-year-old Aussie player retired from her international and state careers in February last year. She has represented her country 251 times across all the three formats, most by any Australian woman. She is also the skipper of the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL leading her team to the semi-final this year. Although, the question still remains unanswered whether she will continue in the upcoming season.
Alex Blackwell ended the press conference saying, “I am looking forward to leading young talented Australia in this GG’s XI.”
Australia will meet New Zealand in three one day internationals starting from February 22 at WACA Ground.