Wellington stars in GG's XI win v Pakistan

January 13, 2023 05:09 PM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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Legspinner Amanda-Jade Wellington has reminded Australian selectors of her talents with a match-winning display with the ball in the Governor General's XI's 53-run victory over Pakistan in the 50-over clash in Brisbane.

Wellington was dropped from the T20 squad for the upcoming World Cup in South Africa, losing her place to fellow leggie Georgia Wareham who has returned from a long injury layoff to reclaim her place.

Wellington overcame that disappointment to take 4-33 against Pakistan at Allan Border Field in a classy spell.

The Governor General's XI were dismissed for 235 in the 50th over and bundled Pakistan out for 182 in the 45th.

Governor General's XI captain Ash Gardner said Wellington was one of the best spinners in the game and would fight her way back into the Australian team.

"It has been quite tough for her. Over the last couple of years she has bowled really well in all competitions and I do feel for her," Gardner told AAP.

"It is a tough decision to make. You look at the likes of who is in our squad at the moment and it is so hard for people to find their way in.

"I know Wello' will keep striving. I know she is playing in New Zealand as well as the WNCL so she is playing in as many competitions as she can to get better.

"She is a class bowler and I am sure we will see her around for many more years to come."

Veteran Erin Burns (74 off 92 balls) and rising star Charli Knott (66 off 83) earlier came together with the Governor General's XI in dire trouble at 3-8 but combined for a 129-run fourth-wicket stand.

Gardner said the 34-year-old Burns, named player of the match, was getting better with age like "a fine wine" and praised the composure of 20-year-old Knott.

"It is fantastic to see the next crop shining at this level," Gardner said.

"We were in a bit of strife early and Charli Knott held her own and stuck to her strengths. It was pleasing to see her come away with quite a few runs and Erin Burns doing what she does best."

Pakistan skipper Bismah Maroof (74 off 103) outlined her immense talents with the bat ahead of the visitors' upcoming ODI and T20 internationals against Australia.

The Australians won't have it all their own way in a six-game series which begins with a one-dayer at Allan Border Field on Monday.

Pakistan opening bowlers Diana Baig (2-26 off nine overs) and Fatima Sana (3-27 off 9.3) were accurate and picked up wickets to showcase the threat they will pose.


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