ACT Meteors all-rounder Erin Osborne overlooked for Southern Stars squad to play South Africa at Manuka Oval

The Southern Stars have overlooked ACT Meteors gun Erin Osborne for the first three games of the upcoming ODI series against South Africa. Photo: Jay CronanACT Meteors coach James Allsopp says Erin Osborne will let her “bat and ball do the talking” as she looks to “prove a few people wrong”, after the all-rounder was overlooked for the first three games of the upcoming one-day Internationals against South Africa.
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It means Osborne will miss out on representing her country on her home ground of Manuka Oval after the 13-woman squad was named on Tuesday.

The Stars play their first two games of the series at Manuka with the first on Friday week.

Allsopp felt the squad must have been decided before the Meteors’ upset victory over South Australia at Manuka Oval  a week ago, which  Osborne almost won single handedly.

She took 4-24 from her 10 overs of off-spin and has also been consistent with the bat during the Women’s National Cricket League.

“She’s been an outstanding player throughout the WNCL so far and almost single handedly won us the game against South Australia under lights Sunday week ago,” Allsopp said.

“I’m assuming they might have already picked the team prior to that performance because her ability to turn the game on its head the way she bowled was a massive contributing factor to us taking the game.

“Her and I have spoken and she’s really determined to let her bat and ball do the talking in the next two games and try and prove a few people wrong and try and get herself back in the Stars team.”

While the first two ODIs are taking place at Manuka, Osborne and the Meteors will  be playing against Queensland and NSW, needing two wins to have a chance of making the finals.

Not only will Osborne be trying to help the Meteors achieve that, but she also has the chance to force her way into the Southern Stars squad for the final two games of the South Africa series.

“Unfortunately she won’t come into the games down in Canberra, but Erin knows that she needs to go on and make big scores  and really press her claims as a top-order batsman as well as what she does with her off-spin bowling,” Allsopp said.

“I think if in the last two games she really puts some good performances under her belt, one it will go a long way to us winning those last two matches and she’s really going to put her name out for Stars selection.”

ONE DAY INTERNATIONALS

November 18: Australia v South Africa  at Manuka Oval, 2.20pm.

November 20: Australia v South Africa  at Manuka Oval, 2.20pm.

Southern Stars squad: Meg Lanning (c), Alex Blackwell (vc), Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani.

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