Westfields product Hannah Darlington makes ODI debut

Ash Gardner and Hannah Darlington. Picture: Cricket Australia

Ash Gardner and Hannah Darlington. Picture: Cricket Australia

Australia's summer of cricket has kicked off with a local leader donning the green and gold for the first time.

Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts first grade captain Hannah Darlington today makes her One Day International (ODI) debut against India in Mackay.

The 19-year-old bowling all-rounder received her ODI cap from fellow Indigenous player Ashleigh Gardner, making her the 145th Aussie to step out in the One Day arena.

Darlington has become the third Indigenous cricketer to play for the Australian Women's Cricket Team.

The match began shortly after 10am this morning (Tuesday, September 21) with the Aussies taking to the field first.

The Westfields Sports High graduate also plays for the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL and was awarded the young cricketer of the year award in 2021.

The current series against India will feature three ODIs, one test and three T20s.

Former Ghosts player Belinda Vakarewa requested not to be considered for selection in the tour, as did swing bowler Megan Schutt.

This first ODI was originally scheduled to be held at North Sydney Oval on September 19, but had to be moved due to pandemic restrictions.