amanda sets demanding standards
This well-earned opportunity began a rapid rise to becoming a regular inclusion in international cricket this summer with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars.
In 2012, at the age of 15 years and 150 days, Amanda was the youngest player ever, male or female, to debut for South Australia.
She obliterated a 120-year-old record, previously held by Clem Hill who began his state career at 16 years and nine days in the 1892/93 season.
Amanda’s deserving Southern Stars debut followed an outstanding season with the ball for the Breezair SA Scorpions in the Women’s National Cricket League, and selection in the Governor General’s XI clash against South Africa.
After taking two wickets for the GGXI, in what was a warm-up match for the touring side, Amanda was soon travelling to Coffs Harbour to play out the remainder of the ODI series v South Africa, along with fellow Scorpion and Aussie debutante, Tahlia McGrath.
A dream international debut the saw leg-spinner score a first-ball wicket, dismissing Mignon du Preez for just five runs.
“I wasn’t really expecting it. I just told myself to bowl those consistent lines that I was bowling throughout WNCL. Lucky enough, I got a stumping,” said Amanda.
“I really enjoyed my time out there with the girls; they really got around me when I got my wicket and throughout my overs. It was a very enjoyable moment.”
Amanda recently had her life-motto inked on her inner forearm at the beginning of the off-season a few short weeks ago.
“It says, ‘Be thankful for what you have. Work hard for what you don’t have.’ The quote meant a lot to me and got me through pre-season. That point in time was a massive change for myself as a person. The cherry blossom around it symbolises strength,” she said.
Hailing from a competitive, sport-loving family in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, Amanda’s father and brother have both been involved in club cricket, while her mother has even played a few games alongside her star daughter.
Amanda is not only an exceptional bowler, but also she opens the batting for her SACA Premier Cricket League side, Port Adelaide, when state duties permit.
From just five matches of Premier Cricket this season, Amanda collected 11 wickets and 325 runs, more runs than any other female in the competition.
As a total cricket devotee, Amanda still manages to maintain life balance with interests outside of sport.
A keen enthusiasm for vintage cars, she owns a 1973 Volkswagen Panel Van, and intends to convert it into a mobile coffee business. The timeline for this project, however, continues to become more ambiguous as the demands of the cricketing world have escalated.
A seafood-lover and horror film enthusiast, the combination of the two makes for her perfect Saturday night.
With the ICC Women’s World Cup in England and the Ashes series later this year, it is likely we may see Amanda earning selection for these monumental cricket competitions.
“Right now, I am just taking my cricket a day at a time and appreciating every moment I get to play”, said Amanda.
“It would be such an honour to continue to represent Australia, especially with the Ashes and the World Cup this year, but I know I’ll have to work really hard to get picked because there are so many incredible players around the country at the moment in contention for a place in the squad.”
With such obvious talent at such a young age, it seems there is only one way for Amanda to go, and that’s up.