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Gardner eyeing Southern Stars spot

03 January 2017

Ashleigh Gardner as been in great form in the WBBL|02

Sydney Sixers batter Ashleigh Gardner is targeting a spot in the national team after a brilliant start to the WBBL|02.

Ashleigh Gardner is eyeing off becoming the next youngster to gain international cricket experience as a result of a breakthrough Rebel Women's Big Bash League campaign.

The 21-year-old Sydney Sixer is the sixth leading run-scorer midway through the competition, having smashed 225 at an average of 32.14 in her first eight games.

Only Australian stars Meg Lanning (333), Ellyse Perry (259), Beth Mooney (243) and Alex Blackwell (333) and New Zealand star Sophie Devine (230) have scored more to date.

Last season, pace bowler Lauren Cheatle (18 wickets at 19.72) and explosive middle-order batter Naomi Stalenberg (178 runs at a strike-rate of 134) were both drafted in to the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad after helping Sydney Thunder win the inaugural title.

"You could look at players like that that had a good start to the WBBL season and next thing you know they're in Australian colours," Gardner said.

"I think it's something that all players who aren't in the Australian side are probably thinking about."

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Gardner has already been slated as an up-and-coming star of women's cricket.

After making her state debut last summer, she scored a century in her first match against a Sri Lankan XI on the sub-continent for the Shooting Stars (Australia A equivalent) in March.

She then toured India as part of the Australian Indigenous side, before taking nine wickets with her off-spin for champions NSW in the 50-over Women's National Cricket League this summer.

Gardner is one many young players benefiting from the extra opportunities in the WBBL.

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Regularly batting at No.6 for the Breakers in the WNCL, she has been elevated to first-drop in the T20 game due to the spread of talent across the two Sydney-based sides.

"I'm seen as an attacking bowler and batter so I pretty much translate that into both forms of the game," she said.

"Batting at No.3 helps in that if I go out in the first six overs there's only two people on the boundary.

"It's similar to batting at the death in WNCL when you're just trying to hit the boundary."

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