Jess Jonassen in action. ©ICC
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Australian allrounder Jonassen’s test debut was nothing short of a dream. Chosen mainly as a bowling allrounder, she walked in to bat with the score of 99-5. She not just steadied the ship but she was the last batter to be out in the inning after scoring gutsy 99 off 197 balls.

For a 22-year old, a century on The Ashes debut would have been a sensational achievement. She took a wicket in England’s first inning and again shone with the bat for Australia with 54 in the second inning. Jonassen was aptly declared player of the match for her heroics in the first test.

“It’s probably still to this day, the highlight of my career so far,” Jonassen said to cricket.com.au.

“Even though we’ve won World Cups and everything like that, I think the opportunity to play in a Test match, and to perform the way I did on debut and ultimately play a part in us reclaiming the Ashes over there, I think that was something that was really special for me.

“Hopefully we can replicate something similar this time around.”

Fast forward to 2017, Jonassen was selected in the first ever D/N Test match played with a pink ball. She again delivered a good performance with the bat and the ball.

Now the 26-year old Jonassen will be eager to play in her third test as Australia travel to England for a multi-format, point based Ashes series.

Jonassen played a crucial part in Brisbane Heat’s maiden WBBL title as she picked up 15 wickets in 16 matches. She also picked up 9 wickets in 3 ODIs Rose Bowl fixtures against New Zealand earlier this year.

She will be a key player for Australia as they will play in all three formats in a bid to retain the Ashes.

“I think for us, we try not to change too much about the way that we play,” Jonassen said.

“We still want to be attacking, we still want to play positively, and I think the length of the game shouldn’t dictate that.

“I really like the whole multi-format series, it really shows the better side because you have to be consistent across all three formats.

“There’s no point focusing all your energy on the Test match purely because it has more points. you’ve got to win the other games as well to be ahead at the end of the series.”

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