Emma Hughes is keen to use the element of surprise when the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) season starts on Thursday.
The Dubbo junior has spoken in the build-up to the new season about her desire to improve the batting side of her game, but it's her bowling that remains the 20-year-old's biggest weapon.
The former NSW Country player made her WBBL debut with the Sydney Sixers last year and took a wicket in her first match against the Adelaide Strikers, and plenty of work on her bowling has been done since.
It's something she hopes comes to fruition should she get the chance to charge in for the Sixers in their opening match of WBBL|07 on Thursday night.
Hughes has been named in the Sixers' 13-player squad for the match against the Melbourne Stars.
"I'm really excited to bowl," the right-arm quick said.
"I'm still a newish player so not a lot of people will know how to face me just yet.
"Because I've trained so hard and learnt so many more bowling options I'm really excited to use them in a game.
"It's been a long process but I'm really excited."
The competition for bowling spots will be fierce at the Sixers this season.
Australian star and Sixers captain Ellyse Perry is locked in to play a key role with the ball, while youngsters Darcie Brown and Stella Campbell are back with the Sydney side after recently making their national debut against India.
Maitlan Brown and Lauren Cheatle are also seam options while there's plenty of spin bowlers in the lineup, as well.
The Sixers squad also features Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav, two of the many Indian players who have opted to stay in Australia and play in WBBL|07.
"I'm really excited to meet the girls," Hughes said on Tuesday before the internationals linked up with the squad.
"It's pretty new to have as many as Indian players playing at one time so I'm really excited to see how much they bring to the comp."
The matches between Australia and India sparked plenty of interest around the country, while the Sixers players were also tuned in during their quarantine after arriving at the WBBL hub in Tasmania.
Australia defeated India in the multi-format series that included a Test, one-day games, and Twenty20s.
"It was amazing to watch the girls get out there and be able to do that," Hughes said.
"They've been through the same as us, they had no games and then had two weeks of quarantine, and then straight into games.
"It was amazing to see how well they did after all that."
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