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ACT Meteors welcome NZ all-rounder Sara McGlashan

Chilly bins, jandals and fush and chups will be in the ACT Meteors' vocabulary as their Kiwi connection grows stronger for the Women's National Cricket League.

New recruit Sara McGlashan joins her fellow New Zealand internationals Nicola Browne and Kate Pulford at the Meteors as they look to go one better on last season's historic appearance in the Twenty20 finals.

Sara McGlashan joins an already strong Kiwi connection at the Meteors.
Sara McGlashan joins an already strong Kiwi connection at the Meteors. Photo: Jay Cronan

The Meteors couldn't have asked for a tougher challenge first up, taking on the star-studded NSW Breakers in two T20 games and a 50-over match at Blacktown, starting on Friday.

But for probably the first time since coming into the competition, the Meteors won't be overawed after eliminating the Breakers in the semi-finals of last season's T20 competition.

They have assembled an impressive squad featuring six internationals, bolstering the batting stocks at the top of the order with the addition of McGlashan.

The 32-year-old is a veteran of 122 one-day internationals and 62 T20 games for her country and joins the Meteors after a recommendation from national teammate Browne.

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"She had great things to say about her experience last year and that's something I really wanted to get on board with," McGlashan said.

"One of the drawcards coming over here is how high the standard of the competition is based on the number of Australian Southern Stars and internationals.

"With Kate Pulford at the Meteors as well, we might not get as much stick about the accent hopefully."

Browne has returned for her second season with the Meteors and had no hesitation suggesting McGlashan make the move.

"We've played together for the past 14 years, so when Meteors coach Andrew Dawson suggested someone like Sara to come and join the team, I was definitely on board with that," Browne said.

"I think Sara will thrive in the environment that Andrew and captain Kris Britt have created over the years.

"Most people are keen to play more cricket, so the sale for her to come over was pretty easy."

Along with their three New Zealand representatives, the Meteors can call on Southern Stars fast bowler Rene Farrell, former Australian all-rounder Britt and ex-England bowler Lynsey Askew.

"It's been a long time since we've played in a cricket team with an age average so high and with a lot of experience, that's going to be quite nice," Browne said.

"The senior players will be the majority.

"In women's cricket that doesn't have the numbers, it's a rare occurrence."

The Meteors will be without opening batter Katie Mack, who is recovering from a broken finger.