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Aley impresses in final warm-up

23 June 2017

Sixers bowler Sarah Aley claimed four wickets in Australia's final World Cup warm-up match.

In Australia's final World Cup warm-up match against Pakistan, Sixers bowler Sarah Aley claimed the best figures of 4/16 as she pushed for a debut call-up to the national team.

In Leicester, Australia dominated in an 8-wicket victory as all four Sixers in the side played. With Australia's first ODI Women's World Cup match against the West Indies just four days away, it was the perfect time for Aley to stake a claim in the starting XI.

Sixers Captain Ellyse Perry opened the bowling for Australia before Aley carved through the Pakistani lower order after an economical beginning to her match. 

"For me today it was just a matter of making sure I got into a good rhythm and making sure the ball was coming out well and in the end was lucky enough to pick up those four," said Aley after the Australians bowled out Pakistan for 156.

"It’s been a long time coming for me. But I’m just happy with being able to get out there in the first place and being here in general. So if I get the opportunity [to play in the World Cup] I’ll definitely be taking it with both hands."

Sixers allrounder Ashleigh Gardner also had a chance with the ball, and she took the wicket of Nahida Khan before finishing with figures of 1/25.

After defeating South Africa in a previous warm-up, Aley said the Australians were using their final warm-up to improve as many areas of their play as possible.

"I think everyone bowled really well today," said Aley.

"We hit our areas, really trying to hit the stumps as much as we can and I think that’s what everyone did today. We executed really well."

Aley was called-up to the Australian T20 side earlier this year, but wasn't selected to make her debut. The World Cup, and June 26 against the West Indies, is now another chance for the veteran to earn a long-awaited national cap.

"These games, I haven’t really been nervous," said Aley.

"I don’t think I’ve really got anything to be nervous about to be honest. It’ll be a fantastic opportunity and hopefully if I get it it’ll be pretty good.

"I think I’ve been around long enough to know what my game is and hopefully it’s good enough for international cricket. I feel like it’s at a level now where it can be.

"If given the opportunity and given the ball, hopefully I can do the same thing as what I did out there and get in a good rhythm and have the ball come out well. 

In the day's other warm-up, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp's South Africa thumped the West Indies by six wickets.

The West Indies were bowled out for just 63 in the first innings before South Africa easily chased down the low total.

Australian World Cup squad:

Sarah Aley

Nicole Bolton

Alex Blackwell

Kristen Beams

Ashleigh Gardner

Rachael Haynes

Alyssa Healy

Jess Jonassen

Meg Lanning

Beth Mooney

Ellyse Perry

Megan Schutt

Belinda Vakarewa

Elyse Villani

Amanda-Jade Wellington

Australia's World Cup schedule:

June 26: Australia v West Indies, Taunton

June 29: Australia v Sri Lanka, Bristol

July 2: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol

July 5: Australia v Pakistan, Leicester

July 9: Australia v England, Bristol

July 12: Australia v India, Bristol

July 15: Australia v South Africa, Taunton

July 18: First semi-final, Bristol

July 20: Second semi-final, Derby

July 23: Final, Lord's

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