The 13-player squad was announced today by Cricket Australia, with the players selected identified as the country’s most promising young players with the potential to compete at international level.

“Maitlan was part of the inaugural NPS in 2017-18 and her selection once again is an indication of how she is viewed by the National Selection Panel” said Abode Hotels ACT Meteors Head Coach James Allsopp

“I am confident Maitlan has the ability to push for Australian honours, and this program is the next step in her continued development.

“She is an exciting young talent and I think over the last 12 months she has certainly developed the professionalism, maturity and burning desire to become an international cricketer.

20-year old Brown had a disrupted 2017-18 season after a stress fracture caused her to miss the first four rounds of the Women’s National Cricket League, but made her return to play in the Women’s Big Bash League for the Melbourne Renegades before returning to the Meteors squad in mid-February for their final two matches.

The NPS will take part in an eight week program split into three blocks from late May to late August with the players based out of the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

Under the guidance of Cricket Australia High Performance Coach Leah Poulton, the players will undertake a training program aimed at their improving their athletic development, skill development and competition.

2018 Women’s National Performance Squad (NPS)

Lauren Cheatle (NSW, 19)

Piepa Cleary (WA, 21)

Josephine Dooley (QLD, 18)

Erin Fazackerley (TAS, 19)

Heather Graham (WA, 21)

Saskia Horley (NSW, 18)

Belinda Vakarewa (NSW, 20)

Tayla Vlaeminck (VIC, 19)

Georgia Wareham (VIC, 18)

Tahlia McGrath (SA, 22)

Maitlan Brown (ACT, 20)

Annabel Sutherland (VIC, 16)*

Rachel Trenaman (NSW, 16)*