“I had only been awake for five minutes when Shawn rang me,” Graham said.

“Initially I wasn’t sure why he was calling, we started talking about how pre-season was going and how my body pulled up after the Australia A tour to England.

“At the end of the phone call he said I’d been selected in the squad to tour the West Indies, I couldn’t believe it.

“It is certainly a phone call I’ll never forget, still lying in bed after just waking up and being told that I’d been picked in the Australian team was unbelievable.”

If recent form is to go by, Graham’s selection doesn’t come as a major shock.

The talented all-rounder was crowned Women’s Domestic Player of the Year last season, following teriffic form with the bat which included her maiden century as well as consistent performances with the ball.

That trend continued into the rebel Women’s Big Bash League campaign when Graham finished the tournament as equal leading wicket taker.

Despite being apart of the National Performance Squad and the Australian A side on a number of occasions, the next step into the Australian team has come quicker than Graham anticipated.

“The Australian Women’s team is such a strong group and they played phenomenal cricket during the recent Ashes series,” Graham said.

“I had a pretty lean Australia A tour, not making as many runs or taking as many wickets as I would have liked.

“To then be called into the Australian squad for the upcoming tour has come as a shock, but it is a dream come true and I couldn’t be happier.”

Flegler said he was excited to give Graham her first chance to tour with the Australia.

“Heather’s skills with the ball will add further depth to the team’s pace bowling stocks while her batting ability could see her play an important role in the middle-order,” Flegler said.

The Aussies will head to the West Indies next week to play three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals, starting Thursday 5 September.


Commonwealth Bank Tour of the West Indies Squad:
Erin Burns (New South Wales)
Nicola Carey (Tasmania)
Ashleigh Gardner (New South Wales)
Heather Graham (Western Australia)
Rachael Haynes (vc) (New South Wales)
Alyssa Healy (New South Wales)
Jess Jonassen (Queensland)
Delissa Kimmince (Queensland)
Meg Lanning (c) (Victoria)
Beth Mooney (Queensland)
Ellyse Perry (Victoria)
Megan Schutt (South Australia)
Tayla Vlaeminck (Victoria)
Georgia Wareham (Victoria)


Fixture
One-Day Internationals*
5 September – West Indies v Australia, Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
8 September – West Indies v Australia, Sir Viv Richards Ground, Antigua
11 September – West Indies v Australia, Sir Viv Richards Ground, Antigua

*ICC Women’s Championship matches

Twenty20 Internationals
14 September – West Indies v Australia, Kensington Oval, Barbados
16 September – West Indies v Australia, Kensington Oval, Barbados
18 September – West Indies v Australia, Kensington Oval, Barbados