Three years ago Lauren Cheatle made her debut for Australia but injuries hampered her return to the side...until now.
A few days ago Cheatle, got the call that she had made the 13-player Australian squad named for the One-Day International Series against New Zealand.
It was an emotional moment, particularly for her mum but it came as a complete surprise to the Bowral product.
"I called my mum first and she was in tears when my mum cries, I cry so it was all over the shop but over the moon and completely wrapped by the opportunity," Cheatle said.
It's been a frustrating road back for the 20-year-old who was sidelined during the 2016-17 WBBL season with an illness.
Cheatle was then called into the T20I series team to face New Zealand in early 2017 but suffered a shoulder injury. After overcoming the injury, she made her ODI debut in February of the same year but was ruled out because she needed a shoulder reconstruction.
Cheatle returned to bowling in August 2017 only for a stress fracture in her back ruled her out for the remainder of the season.
One person who has watched the young bowlers journey is none other than all-rounder Australian Ellyse Perry.
“She’s worked hard," Perry said.
"I’ve been fortunate enough to witness all of that playing at WBBL level and also for NSW (WNCL). She’s really passionate.
"She’s even had some challenges leading into this season with injuries, I think just getting some confidence back about her ability and her ability to standout physically as well.
"Now that she’s got that and has been able to play a number of games back-to-back and her class has shone through.”
Cheatle had a full preseason with the NSW Breakers side along with the National Performance Squad and was fit ahead of their WNCL campaign plus the Sydney Sixers title defence.
However, as she began the 2018-19 season, she wasn't thinking about a national team call-up.
"My main goal this season was to get a full season on the park without injury and I manages to do that successfully," Cheatle said.
"Wasn't looking for Aussie selection at all but to have it come my way now is really exciting."
The opening ODI match between Australia and New Zealand will take place at the WACA on February 22.