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ACT Meteors spinner Rhiannon Dick named in Cricket Australia XI to play West Indies

ACT Comets bowler Rhiannon Dick.
ACT Comets bowler Rhiannon Dick. Photo: Matt Bedford

Playing alongside Australian Southern Stars regulars Ellyse Perry and Jess Cameron is the perfect way for ACT Meteors spinner Rhiannon Dick to kick-off the summer.

Dick will make her representative debut after being selected in a Cricket Australia XI to face the West Indies in two Twenty20 matches in Canberra from October 21-22. The 24-year-old joins a squad featuring the best up-and-coming talent in Australian women's cricket combined with a couple of returning stars.

Perry will captain the side as she continues her recovery from a knee injury, while Cameron is also on the comeback trail from a fractured left hand sustained in the recent series with Pakistan.

Dick is hoping to learn much from the pair and wants to use the experience as a springboard to taking her own game to the next level.

"It'll be great playing alongside them to get all of their knowledge, they've been playing for Australia for numerous years," Dick said. "It will be definitely good to see what they have to say while we're out on the field. I want to see how they think about the game and the tactics they use and certain things they do when they're batting to get those extra runs."

The two Twenty20 matches will serve as a warm-up for the series between the Southern Stars and the West Indies in November.

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For Dick, the games will also be a valuable stop-over from the Women's National Cricket League, which gets underway next weekend. The Meteors start their campaign away to the NSW Breakers at Blacktown from October 10-12, eager to build on their upset win in last season's T20 semi-finals.

And while the Meteors fell to Queensland in the T20 final, Dick believes the confidence gained from reaching the decider can be carried over into this season.

"It's showed we can beat anyone, NSW is one of the best teams and that was a great achievement by us," Dick said. "Hopefully we can have a little bit more confidence with our first couple games against NSW and then Victoria [in round two].

"Our team can believe we can do it, and we're not seen as underdogs by any other team anymore. In the past, teams have gone, 'we're playing ACT and we can go a bit lighter', but this year they know we mean business and we're not just there to make up numbers in the comp."

The first game between the Cricket Australia XI and the West Indies will be played on October 21 at 2pm at Stirling Oval, while the second game will be at Manuka Oval on October 22 at 10am.