McGrath relishing Ashes return

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Australia allrounder Tahlia McGrath is eager to get stuck into the hard work of preparing for the Women's Ashes after injury ruined her World Cup Hopes.

McGrath admits the recall to the squad caught her off guard but she insists she will be ready to face England.

She told cricket.com.au: “It was a little bit of a surprise, I was expecting to be in the CA XI.

“I can’t wait to meet up with the group and get straight into things.”

McGrath had taken a break from bowling to both focus on other aspects of her game and to allow her to recover from a back injury.

The 21-year-old was hit with stress fractures in her back while touring Sri Lanka with the Australia A team this April but has been passed fit to resume action.

She said: “My back is feeling really good and it’s great to be bowling again and not having to worry about anything to do with my back.

“I got my first MRI in May and I didn’t bowl off my full run-up until the start of September, so it was a pretty long time.

“But it did give me time to work on my strength, my fitness and my batting so there were some positives to it.”

The time spent working on her batting appears to be paying off with runs for South Australia in the Women’s National Cricket League.

She continued: “I’m normally not able to put that much time into my batting because usually I’ll bat half the time at training and then bowl, so to focus on my batting for so long was a real positive to come out of (the injury) and I’m really happy with where my batting is at now.

“I tried to work on the mental side of my batting as well. Last year I made starts but never really went on with it, so I tried to bat for longer periods in the nets and be really patient.”

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