Former Mortlake cricketer Georgia Wareham received a call on Tuesday night that would change her life forever.
National selector Shawn Flegler was on the other end of the phone informing Wareham she had been selected to represent Australia in this month’s Twenty20 international series against New Zealand.
The 19-year-old said the reality of the “pretty surreal” call had not yet sunk in.
“It is always been a dream since I was a kid so it's pretty amazing," she said.
"Getting the call was such a surreal moment and one I will never forget.
"We had been told the day before we were going to be called to tell us the squad, so I knew what the call was about, but didn't know if I was in or not.
"I didn't expect to be in the squad so it was a little surprise really, but an amazing call to get."
Wareham was not the only one to receive the call in her house.
Her housemates and fellow Melbourne Renegades players Sophie Molineux and Tayla Vlaeminck got the same news.
"I think we all found out around the same time, which was pretty cool," she said.
"We are really close in the house and are all cricket mad.
“So it is good to have that environment where we all want to be the best and have the same goals."
Wareham, who plays premier cricket with Essendon Maribyrnong Park, is not content with just making the squad.
The Mortlake export is determined to make the most of her Australia call-up.
"I am really happy to get here and would love to be able to get a game and obviously make the most of the series and really prove who I am as a player,” she said.
"I think with my bowling consistency and accuracy are my best traits and just my energy in the field.
"It’s also going to be a great opportunity to learn off the best of the best.
"And it will be a really exciting few months coming up for us girls and I am looking forward to a big summer of cricket.”
Flegler, the selector who delivered the news to Wareham, is also excited to have her in the squad.
“We’re really fortunate with the depth we have in particular in the leg-spin department, and we feel that Georgia provides the full package that is required for T20 cricket,” he said.
“She’s an outstanding fielder and her bowling has really progressed over the last 12 months.
“It’s pleasing to see young players such as Georgia and Tayla (Vlaeminck) putting their hand up for selection.”
The Southern Stars begin their campaign against New Zealand at North Syndey Oval on September 29.
They then meet at Allan Border Field in Brisbane before finishing the series in Canberra.