England wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor looking forward to chance to make history

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England's Sarah Taylor is "nervous and excited" about the prospect of becoming the first woman to play 'A' grade cricket in Australia.

Taylor, 26, has been playing with women's side SA Scorpions and has impressed enough with her wicket-keeping and batting to earn a call for Northern Districts' first two-day game of the season against Port Adelaide this weekend.

No other female player has ever played in the level immediately below the first-class state competition.

But the reigning ICC women's one-day cricketer of the year is ready for the challenge. "I've always wanted to push myself and check where I'm at in terms of my cricket," she told

"I'm nervous and excited.

"It's going to take a bit for me to get used to the extra pace and bounce but I want to challenge myself and test where my cricket is at, to see if I can cope at that level.

"I'm really happy with my glove-work through the England summer as a whole, so hopefully I can take that form into the men's game.

"If I get any sledging, it's a bit of respect because they're treating me like one of the other players."

Cricket Australia general manager Pat Howard said: "As the women's game becomes increasingly professional there are more opportunities than ever before for elite female players.

"Sarah's selection for the Northern District Cricket Club's first XI is a demonstration that cricket is a sport for all.

"We are very proud that our women's domestic competitions are arguably the strongest in the world and our ability to attract world-class players such as Sarah is testament to that."

Taylor has played 179 times for England women across all three formats, scoring five one-day international centuries.

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