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Fazackerley's fast start to WBBL|04

04 December 2018

It may have been Erin Fazackerley's first time opening the batting for the Hobart Hurricanes against the Perth Scorchers in the inaugural WBBL|04 match on Saturday, but any nerves were quickly dispelled when she hit a six from the opening delivery.

With star international and regular Hurricanes opener Hayley Matthews a late withdrawal from the squad, Fazackerley was informed just hours before the match that she would be walking out with Stefanie Daffara to face the first over.

"I've been working really hard on my batting during the off-season, but I haven't had the chance to open before," she said.

"The coaches made the call to tell me that morning rather than the night before, so I didn't get the chance to get that nervous, which I think was a good decision."

"It was pretty exciting for me."

The 20 year old maintained a whirlwind scoring pace for the rest of her time at the crease, blasting 38 from 16 delivers, including three sixes and four boundaries

Erin Fazackerley innings highlights

Her partnership with Daffara largely contributed to the Hurricanes' best ever powerplay score of 1-54 from the team's opening six overs.

"I think my game suits the power play, with only two fielders outside (the circle)."

"I like to bat aggressively and I do hit aerially quite often."

While the all-rounder has been opening for local club Clarence in the Cricket Tasmania Premier League, she's not fussed on where she appears in the Hurricanes batting order moving forward.

With international additions Hayley Matthews, Heather Knight and Smriti Mandhana to come into the side, Fazackerley is eager to see what the trio can bring to the line up.

"I'm happy to bat wherever they (the coaches) want me to in our order," she said.

"We have quite a lot of strong batters so we can be flexible there."

With the Hurricanes falling short of last year's finalists with three balls to go in the season opener, Fazackerley is looking forward to the upcoming back-to-back matches against the Melbourne Stars this weekend at West Park in Burnie.

While the Stars played in an upset win against WBBL|03 champions the Sydney Sixers on Saturday, the Hurricanes will approach the upcoming clashes with their Victorian counterparts with a strong collective mindset.

"We're disappointed with the loss (to the Scorchers)." 

"I think we were in a good position to win that game, but there are plenty of positives and we learned a lot from that game."

"We're feeling good and going into this weekend confidently."