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Veteran and rookie eye Aussie women debuts

By AAP Newswire

Australia coach Matthew Mott has hailed Erin Burns' maiden national call up as the veteran's perfect reward with a debut against the West Indies a real possibility.

Burns was on Friday named in Australia's 14-player squad for the limited-overs tour of the Caribbean, alongside uncapped 22-year-old rookie Heather Graham.

Burns' selection comes nine years after leaving her home state after being unable to crack the NSW side, with the 31-year-old having since played for Tasmania and ACT.

The offspinner had a stellar Big Bash season with 11 wickets at 15.45, including a starring role in the famous super over semi-final win over the Melbourne Renegades.

She comes into the squad as for Sophie Molineux who is managing a shoulder recovery.

"It's a real light bulb moment for the WBBL, if you perform and do well and show what you can do in T20 cricket then you'll be rewarded," Mott said.

"It's a perfect reward for her who has done a great job for the Sydney Sixers in the past few years.

"Her journey is a great one. It doesn't matter if you are 16 or 31, if you're performing and doing well the selectors will take notice."

Burns has maintained full-time work away from cricket as a physio, and spent recent years travelling between her clinic in Sydney and playing 50-over cricket for the ACT.

"It speaks volumes for her maturity around being an athlete," Ellyse Perry, who came through the junior ranks with Burns, told AAP.

"She still works and is able to juggle playing cricket. I think just her experience over a good decade or so now has really shown through.

"She just knows how to perform and is always the best athlete in any team."

Graham meanwhile was picked after being the domestic player of the year last season, topping the 50-over run-scoring lists with 294 at 49.

She also took 11 wickets at 20, with the West Australian seen as one of the country's next big talents.

Fellow West Australian Elyse Villani was overlooked, realistically squeezed out by Perry moving up the order and Australia's preference to pick an extra allrounder.

Nicole Bolton was also unavailable for selection following the Ashes series win.

The three ODIs and Twenty20s in West Indies will form a key part of Australia's home World T20 title defence next February and March.

Flying high after a dominant away Ashes campaign, they have a jam-packed summer which includes series with Sri Lanka, India and England before the World Cup.

AUSTRALIA'S SQUAD: Meg Lanning (capt), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.