CA picks 31-year-old Millanta to make intl debut

Melbourne: Simon Katich might have been denied a central contract for being on the wrong side of 30s but Cricket Australia handed female cricketer Sharon Millanta her international debut at the age of 31, against New Zealand.

New South Wales fast bowler Sharon was picked to play her first game for the Southern Stars against New Zealand in Brisbane on Tuesday.

35-year old Katich was ignored for the central contract for the 2011-2012 season by Cricket Australia although the left-hander could have proved to be an important player for Australia which is going through a transition phase.

However, Millanta`s selection shows that at least in women cricket, experience is still valued -- even though it may be at state-level.

"Last year was my 10th year in the Breakers squad. It`s been up-and-down where I have been in the squad and not played at all and there was a year or two where I didn`t even make the squad," Millanta was quoted as saying by a newspaper.

"I`m enjoying my cricket more than ever so I wouldn`t say the end is near. It`s closer for me than for other girls, there`s obviously only so long the body can hold up but it`s given me a new challenge in the game, to strive for and improve further," she said.


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