Graham’s call up to the national team capped off a brilliant 12 months, finishing as the leading wicket taker in the last rebel Women’s Big Bash League campaign before being crowned Women’s Domestic Player of the Year.

The 23-year-old’s cricketing journey started with humble beginnings at Joondalup Kinross Junior Cricket Club, before quickly accelerating through the Joondalup district team and into the WA underage sides.

At just 15 years old she made her debut for the WA Women’s Team and Graham’s journey through the WA female cricket pathway was complete.

That was eight years ago, now there are seven home grown players in the WA team including captain Chloe Piparo.

WACA CEO Christina Matthews said it was just another example of the rapid growth of the female game.

“We’re really excited for Heather, her opportunity with the national side is testament to all the hard work her and her coaches have put in,” Ms Matthews said.

“Our women’s pathway has come a long way in recent years, with more coaches and resources available than ever before.

“The depth of talent is growing all the time and I don’t think it will be long until we see the next West Australian female player representing Australia.”

We are grateful for our Members support because without it we wouldn’t be able to invest back into grassroots and pathways cricket.

“It’s a bit of a cliché, but we honestly couldn’t do what we do without the help from our Members,” Graham said.

“To be able to chase my dreams and represent Western Australia and now my country as a full time cricketer is amazing.

“We have a great group of local girls coming through at the moment and I am confident we’re going to do great things with the continued support of our members.”