BACK IN PLAY: Emerald’s Jess Jonassen, 22, has recovered from a knee injury and is in England for the Ashes series.
BACK IN PLAY: Emerald’s Jess Jonassen, 22, has recovered from a knee injury and is in England for the Ashes series. Chris Hyde - CA

From Emerald to England

AUSTRALIAN cricketer Jess Jonassen is a long way from her home town of Emerald, the 22-year-old all-rounder in England for the women's Ashes series.

Jonassen had a great start to the Women's National Cricket League, where she racked up 197 at 49.25 and amazingly 11 wickets at just 13 apiece from her five games.

Disaster struck and the left-arm orthodox bowler missed the second half of the season with a knee injury - but was still named as the player of the year.

After missing the national finals, Jonassen set her sights on returning for the Ashes series.

"It's going really well and I haven't had any issues with my knee for a while, which is good," Jonassen told Cricket Australia before the series began.

"I had a tough season last year trying to manage my knee and only got through five games."

She has always loved cricket and especially playing in a team environment.

"I loved every sport that I tried but the challenge of cricket and playing in a team environment is what drove me towards the game.

"Debuting for Australia is something that is very memorable for me."

Australia wrapped up their 2-1 series win over England in the ODI's, with Jonassen playing her part with a handful of wickets.


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