Alexandra Joy Blackwell
(born 31 August 1983) is a female cricketer who plays for New South Wales
as a specialist batsman. Her identical twin sister Kate
has also played for Australia.
Blackwell made her senior debut for New South Wales in the 2001–02 Women's National Cricket League
(WNCL). Playing in the middle-order she had little to do as the opposition bowlers struggled to penetrate the New South Wales batting line-up. Blackwell made 33 runs at 33.00 in her debut season as New South Wales won the WNCL. The following season, she batted higher up the order and made 212 runs at 30.28, and was selected for the national team at the end of the season with a WNCL career total of only 245 runs. Making her international debut in 2002–03 in a quadrangular One Day International
(ODI) tournament, she had few opportunities with the bat, scoring 54 runs at 27.00 but was unexpectedly successful with the ball, taking a total of 4/34 despite only having one previous wicket at senior level. She made her Test debut
in a two-match series against England
immediately afterwards, hitting a half-century in the latter fixture.
Over the next two years, Blackwell was inconsistent at international level and was in and out of the team due to poor performance. However, she was able to maintain her position for the 2005 World Cup
in South Africa
, playing in all but one match as Australia won the tournament without a loss. Playing in the middle-order, she was not... Read More