Up-and-coming Australian fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck is ready to take the Rebel WBBL season by storm, Melbourne Renegades teammate Lea Tahuhu believes.
One of the world's quickest bowlers, New Zealand quick Tahuhu can see a fellow pace star in the making in 20-year-old Vlaeminck, who made her Australian T20I debut against India during the World T20, but who has yet to play a WBBL game after two injury interrupted seasons.
"She's in the Australian team at the moment at the World T20, but she's someone who hasn't even debuted for the Renegades yet," Tahuhu told cricket.com.au during the tournament in Guyana.
"But I could see a really good WBBL for her ahead."
After undergoing two knee reconstructions – the recovery from the second sidelining the right-armer during WBBL|02 – it was a dislocated shoulder which scuppered Vlaeminck's hopes of making that long-awaited Big Bash debut in WBBL|03.
While her domestic experience has been limited, Vlaeminck has long been in the selectors' sights and was chosen in Australia's World T20 squad based on her raw pace and bounce.
She produced a 119km/h delivery against India, compared to Tahuhu's tournament best of 126km/h.
But Tahuhu believes the Bendigo product will get even quicker over the next few years as she grows stronger.
"I think she's got a brilliant action," Tahuhu said.
"She's extremely rhythmical to the crease and she's someone who can generate a bit of extra pace.
"To be honest, I think she can yet another five k's in the next couple of years as well as she starts to build up and really get into her bowling again.
"To be fair, she's had a lot of injuries, that's been well documented but she's someone who's going to keep going strength to strength."
While they're rivals on the international circuit, Tahuhu, who's played 47 T20Is for the White Ferns, hopes to continue to share her experience and knowledge with Vlaeminck throughout WBBL|04.
"It's a funny one really, we're international opposition but you come into (the WBBL) and you're on the same team...if I can be a part of helping grow the game in general and seeing more young pace bowlers come through around the world, that's really exciting.
"So I'll definitely work closely with her again this year and hopefully she'll have a really big season this year."
Vlaeminck went wicketless in her maiden T20I against India but impressed in her two overs, with figures of 0-9, while she also produced one of the highlights of the tournament when she held on to a one-handed screamer at square leg to dismiss India batter Veda Krishnamurthy.
Vlaeminck is also looking forward to finally playing her maiden WBBL game when the competition launches with the Big Weekend at Junction Oval on December 1 and 2.
"I was thinking about that the other day," Vlaeminck said when asked about the fact she'd debuted for Australia before playing her maiden WBBL match.
"I'm pretty excited to make my debut hopefully for the Renegades when I get back if I'm given the opportunity.
"I was unlucky both years with injury, for the first full season and three-quarters of the second one, but hopefully if they give me a chance I'm a ready for it this year."
2018 ICC Women's World T20
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
November 9: Australia beat Pakistan by 52 runs
November 11: Australia beat Ireland by nine wickets
November 13: Australia beat New Zealand by 33 runs
November 17: Australia lost to India by 48 runs
November 22: Semi-final: Australia beat West Indies by 71 runs
November 24: Final: Australia beat England by eight wickets