Stella Campbell is ready to roll with Perth Scorchers after injury setbacks

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Stella Campbell is ready to roll with Perth Scorchers after injury setbacks – Gudstory

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Inspired by her hero Mitchell Johnson terrorizing batsmen on the famous WACA pitch, one-time Test quick Stella Campbell hopes a move to the Perth Scorchers in the WBBL will help revamp a promising career interrupted by injuries.

Campbell, 21, has signed a two-year contract with the Scorchers after 45 appearances for the Sydney Sixers, where she took 21 wickets at 30.81. In her short career, she gained a reputation as Australia’s fastest bowler. At six feet (1.84 m) tall, and capable of hitting speeds in excess of 120 kilometers per hour, Campbell seems well-suited to a traditional WACA pitch, where her sharp bounce and blistering speed can be a particular threat.

Having been somewhat enticed by the WACA tradition, Campbell is hoping some excitement will be injected onto the field with the ongoing Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Tasmania being played on a lackluster pitch.

“Which [WACA pitch] “He was a big reason I came to Perth,” Campbell said on Tuesday. “It’s always known as a fast, bouncy wicket, so I’m looking forward to playing [there]”.

After initially admitting to entering cricket “to have a day off from school”, Campbell enjoyed a tremendous rise, with her innate speed quickly attracting the attention of national selectors. At the age of 19, Campbell made her international debut in an ODI against India in September 2021 in Mackay. A week later, she impressed in the Test in Canberra, taking the wickets of Deepti Sharma and Tanya Bhatia.

Being around top Australian players has given Campbell an insight into “what it takes to be a professional cricketer”.

“They are the best at what they do, and very meticulous in their preparation,” she said. “[That] Really highlights what it takes to get to the top level.”

But a serious back injury, which kept her out of action for six months, halted Campbell’s progress, and she has been getting her body right ever since.

She said: “I suffered from injuries, but I had a good pre-season. My body is fit and strong.” “[Didn’t change] Not much, technically speaking. [focused on] I regain my strength.”

Having trained with the Scorchers for the first time on Monday, Campbell is set to be the X-factor for a pace attack that includes experienced bowlers such as Taneale Peschel, Piepa Cleary and captain Sophie Devine. The Scorchers, who last season missed out on the title defense finals, will face the Hobart Hurricanes in Launceston on Friday to open the season.

“At this time in my career, I needed a little refresher and something different,” Campbell said. “Hopefully it will advance me to that next level. This is it [international cricket] Something I want to do in my career.”

Soon, Campbell will be unleashed on the WACA, where she can emulate her childhood hero Johnson.

“He was someone I looked up to when I was younger, and I was so excited to go out and emulate him,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity, and I’m really excited.”


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