Howzat! First wicket for Flinders cricket star

Flinders student Tahlia McGrath has taken her first international wicket at the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes.

Australia allrounder Tahlia McGrath bowled England at the One Day International in Coffs Harbour on 26 October, catching out England ‘danger woman’ Sarah Taylor.

Australia ended up winning the match by 75 runs.

Tahlia is part of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Program at Flinders and is undertaking a double degree in middle school education and health science.

She started playing backyard cricket when she was eight-years-old and later joined a club at age 13.

Tahlia then progressed through various underage state teams to finally make it to the Ashes squad, an achievement of which she is justly proud.

“Australia vs England is one of the oldest and most historic rivalries in cricket, so to part of an Ashes series is an absolute dream come true for me,” says Tahlia.

“It’s such an exciting time for women’s sport in general and we are receiving so much media coverage and support from the Australian public.”

After the Ashes series, Tahlia plans to keep playing cricket for the South Australian Scorpions and the Adelaide Strikers WBBL team.

When her cricket career concludes, she hopes to take up full-time teaching.

A video of Tahlia taking her first wicket is available for viewing on the Cricket Australia website.

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