Kelsey keen to focus on domestic scene in 2015
COMMONWEALTH Games silver medallist Kelsey Cottrell is rejoicing after being selected in the New South Wales state team yesterday afternoon.
The former Tewantin bowler has been a staple of the NSW side for the past five years after relocating to Sydney in 2008.
She is now based in Canberra but travels to Sydney for competitions.
The 24-year-old gained NSW selection following trials at the weekend with the 24-woman squad cut in half.
"I would have been pretty disappointed if I didn't get picked," Cottrell said.
"There are a lot of young players coming through and a couple of 17-year-olds have been picked so the pressure is on a bit."
Cottrell will contest the upcoming interstate Test series which starts on January 26 against the ACT in Canberra before matches against Queensland and Victoria in March and April.
But she will not play for Australia in the upcoming Test match against New Zealand in March after making herself unavailable for selection.
"I have told the selectors that I won't be playing for Australia for the next little while because I am taking a bit of a break," Cottrell said.
"There is a lot happening domestically so I want to focus on that right now.
"I am trying to just pick and choose what competitions I do."
Cottrell admitted she risked being pushed outside the top team, but it was one risk she needed to take.
"They (selectors) are fine with me having a bit of a break, but if someone comes along and plays great they could take my spot," she said.
"But I am still in the NSW team; I am still in front of the selectors."
Cottrell said she would re-focus on national representation later in the year for the Asia-Pacific tournament in New Zealand.
"I will ramp things up later in the year and focus more on the Australian stuff," she said.
"My aim to make the Asia-Pacific team and play against all the Asian countries in November."
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