Ten days after leading the Adelaide Strikers to their maiden Women's Big Bash League championship, Tahlia McGrath is all set for yet another exciting opportunity with the Australian women's cricket team.
The all-rounder is the vice-captain of the side for the five-match T20I series against Indian starting on December 9 in Mumbai.
"I'm very excited about that role, working closely alongside Midge and Shell. Nothing too much changes for me, and it's just taking some of the pressure off Midge and then being a bit more vocal amongst the group," she said on cricket.com.au.
The 27-year-old was in sublime form in the last 12 months and played a pivotal role in helping Australia clinch the Women's World Cup in New Zealand and the inaugural edition of the Commonwealth Games.
However, she struggled with her timing in the recently concluded WBBL and scored 244 runs in 14 innings before being sidelined for two games due to a back injury.
"I had a dream run, and it put me back into reality when I had that lull in form. From my point of view, it's about sticking to my strengths, not going away from my processes, my routines, and hopefully, that gets me back into another good run of form," she said.
"Certainly, people are starting to look at me closer and work out my strengths and weaknesses. So for me, it keeps evolving, keep chipping away at my game and basically just wanting to be better every day. That's where it's at for me, and I'm pretty eager to get back to that run-scoring and contributing to the team," she further added.
In the absence of Meg Lanning, the right-handed batter, in all likelihood bat at number three. However, this might be a short-term arrangement as Lanning might be back with the group before the T20 World Cup.
"I'm happy wherever I bat – that's a cliched answer for you, but top order is where I prefer to bat at three or four is ideal for me, so we'll see. With this batting line-up, you could pick names out of a hat, really, so I'm happy wherever. But if I was to pick myself, I'd want to be three or four," she concluded.