'Competition for spots has been one of our greatest strengths' – Jonassen

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Australia left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen, who bagged two wickets in her team's emphatic 157-run win in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Saturday, 5 October, reflected on the 'great versatility' in her team's bowling department.

Jonassen, Tayla Vlaeminck and Ashleigh Gardener picked up two wickets each, after the batters put up 281/9, to guide Australia to their 15th win in the ICC Women’s Championship one-day internationals. The Queensland cricketer cited the depth in the bowling department, and the well-defined roles as the key reasons for the team's overall success.

"We got some great versatility in the bowling group, we've got almost every type of bowler," Jonassen said. "Everyone's clear about their roles within the bowling line-up, and fortunately we have managed to click together. To learn from each other is what we've done well as a group over the last few years.

"I think over the last few years the competition for spots has been one of our greatest strengths as a team. The values we want to live by as a team is all about bringing the best out of yourself and best out of each other."

Jonassen heaped praise on skipper Meg Lanning, who scored a fluent 73 and added 126 runs for the second wicket with Rachael Haynes, to guide Australia to a position of strength. "I think Meg (Lanning) set the tone at the halfway mark. We had a job to do with the ball, we just had to hit the right areas and use our variations."

The 26-year-old bagged the wickets of Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Atapattu and middle-order batter Dilani Manodara, finishing with returns of 2/17 from eight overs on Saturday. She now stands three short of becoming the fourth Australian female cricketer to 100 ODI wickets.

"It'll be very special, joining a pretty elite club," said Jonassen on the approaching milestone. "I never dreamed that it'll ever actually happen. Hopefully, I can get three wickets in the next two games and bring that milestone up, here at home."

The second ODI will be played at the same venue on Monday, 7 October.

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