How Olivia Porter went from playing with the boys to the Sydney Thunder squad

When Olivia Porter started playing club cricket at the age of 10, she had no alternative but to join the boys’ team. Now aged 18, it seems fitting she has been announced as a recruit for Sydney Thunder in the WBBL’s historic stand-alone season.

Signed as a replacement for Nida Dar, who has been recalled by Pakistan for a T20 series against England next month, Porter said she was living proof of how far the women’s game had come in a short time.

Nida Dar’s Pakistan call-up has opened the door at Sydney Thunder for youngster Olivia Porter.Credit:AAP

“It just shows how dominating and how strong females are becoming in the game,” she said. “I didn’t think there was ever going to be a WBBL, as it wasn’t advocated for enough at the time, and now they do.”

Porter, who found out at 4pm on Monday she had made the cut, planned to come out with all guns blazing as the Thunder give it their all in a last-ditch effort to make the semi-finals.


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