It’s “exciting times” for Eagle Vale teenager Belinda Vakarewa.
The bowler has just signed a two-year extension with the Sydney Thunder Big Bash League team.
Vakarewa can’t wait to get back in the sheds and training with her teammates.
“I’m most looking forward to just being around the team and learning from everyone again,” she said.
“It’s really exciting and I’m very grateful to sign with the Thunder for another two years.
“The thing I like most about being with the Thunder is just the vibe in the group that we have, everyone gets on really well and it’s always a laugh.
“Hopefully this season we can bring the trophy back home.”
The 19-year-old has had an exciting few months, joining the women’s Ashes squad and recently played in the ACT Invitational XI in a three-day tour match against the Australian Women.
The former Eagle Vale High School student loves all forms of the game, but has a soft spot for Twenty-20.
“It’s definitely the most exciting form of cricket,” she said.
“It’s shorter and unexpected things happen.”
Vakarewa said it was a great time for women’s cricket.
She loves that both the Women’s Big Bash and the Australian Women’s Cricket Team are drawing more and more media attention and large crowds.
“People are starting to realise that women are just as talented as the men,” she said.
“We might not be quite as fast or have the same strength, but we all have the same skill sets.
“I love that women’s cricket has taken off.”
The right-arm fast bowler took up cricket at age 10, after playing with her brother in the backyard.
She played with the Campbelltown City Junior Cricket Club and Magpies Cricket Club, mostly against boys.
“There weren’t many girls playing when I was younger,” she said.
“I’m glad to see that there are more girls playing in the area now.”
Vakarewa has been with the Thunder since their inaugural season. She will be joined by Elderslie teen Hannah Trethewy, who signed with the squad earlier this year.
Vakarewa hopes to one day represent Australia.
Sydney Thunder General Manager Lee Germon is looking forward to see the local continue to develop her game.
"She is one of the most exciting talents in Australia and I'm obviously thrilled she has decided to commit for a further two years," he said.
"She brings some real explosiveness with the white ball and is a superb athlete."