The Sussex Women Cricket team have pulled off a major coup ahead of the new season, with the news that they have signed Ashes-winning Australian International Erin Osborne for the forthcoming campaign.
Osborne will be available for only six matches this summer due to Australia competing for the Ashes in England this summer, but will play a key role for Sussex in two Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup matches and four NatWest Women’s County T20 games, including the fixtures at Arundel Castle against Kent and Middlesex.
25 year-old Osborne burst onto the Australian domestic scene in 2008/09 and topped the wicket-taking aggregates in her debut season with NSW Lend Lease Breakers. She was then called up to the Australian squad in 2009 where she made her debut against New Zealand.
In her third match for her country, she claimed 3 for 32 with her off-spin and showed she was strong enough to secure her place in the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup Squad.
Osborne has been a regular in the Australian side since 2009, playing in all three formats of the game. She has appeared 105 times for Australia, and was a member of the squad that won the T20 World Cup and the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in 2013.
She will also be playing three matches for Horsham Women in the Southern Premier League whilst she is over here.
Director of Women’s Cricket at Sussex Charlotte Burton said, “Having an experienced International player such as Erin will be great for Sussex, even if it is only for a few matches.
“Erin will bring a lot to the side and will play an important part in our pursuit of winning the One-Day Cup and T20 competitions this season. We are looking forward to her arrival and joining the Sussex Family.”
You will be able to see Erin in action for Sussex this season at the following matches:
Sun 24 May vs. Warwickshire (Royal London One-Day Cup) at East Grinstead CC
Sun 14 June vs. Surrey & Yorkshire (NatWest Women’s County T20) at Horsley & Send CC
Sun 21 June vs. Nottinghamshire (Royal London One-Day Cup) at Billingshurst CC
Sun 5 July vs. Kent & Middlesex (NatWest Women’s County T20) at Arundel Castle