Duffin turns down Australia A chance because of footy training


“Jess has performed well for the Renegades for this season which is really pleasing, however she advised us that she was unavailable for selection for the upcoming ‘A’ series against India,” national selector Shawn Flegler told The Age.

“The squad for the upcoming Tri-Series and T20 World Cup will be selected in January and, if available, Jess will be considered alongside a number of other players.”

Jess DuffinCredit:Getty Images

Duffin, then known as Jess Cameron, walked away from international cricket in 2015. She was drafted to Collingwood in the AFLW before moving to the Kangaroos where she was an All-Australian defender this year.

Duffin also returned to domestic cricket, playing for the Melbourne Stars before moving to the Renegades where she is captain this year.

She said after a Renegades match last week that she was open to an international return, but acknowledged that the AFLW season clashed with the T20 World Cup.

Jess Duffin flies for North Melbourne.

Jess Duffin flies for North Melbourne.Credit:AAP

“I don’t think you can ever say no to playing for Australia,” Duffin said. “It’s just whether or not it comes at the right time, I haven’t had those conversations.

“It’s an honour to play for your country so with a World Cup around the corner, you never know.

“I’ve said hello to [the selectors] a couple to times to make sure they remember me.”

In the short-term, Duffin is focused on helping the Renegades secure a WBBL finals spot. The Renegades enter the final weekend of the regular season in fifth spot, trailing the fourth-placed Sydney Sixers on net-run rate.

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The Renegades face the Stars at Junction Oval on Saturday and Sydney Thunder at Junction on Sunday. The Renegades have named an unchanged squad for the match after their stirring win against Brisbane Heat on Wednesday.

The Sixers, who remain without the injured Ellyse Perry, play the Adelaide Strikers in a pair of weekend games at Sydney’s Hurstville Oval.

The Stars also face Brisbane at the Junction in the second half of a double-header. The Stars likely need to win both their remaining matches to have any chance of avoiding the wooden spoon.

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