Lauren Cheatle grew up faster than most cricketers.

As a 15-year-old, the left-arm fast bowler was picked in the senior New South Wales squad. At 17, she made her international debut against India at the MCG. She took time off from school in Bowral to play in the T20 World Cup in India.

A long career beckoned before injuries intervened. The 23-year-old hasn’t played for Australia since 2019.

In November last year, Cheatle’s latest comeback was gathering steam as she claimed consecutive three-wicket hauls for the Sydney Sixers in the WBBL, before another shattering setback while diving in the field.

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