Ireland v West Indies: Celeste Raack enjoying life in the green jersey

Celeste Raack
Celeste Raack cites compatriot Shane Warne as her cricket idol

Leg-spinner Celeste Raack has moved from Australia and put her career as a physiotherapist on hold in order to play for the Ireland women's team.

The Sydney-born 25-year-old, whose late grandmother was Irish, is in the squad to face West Indies in a three-game Twenty20 series in Dublin from Sunday.

"My grandmother would've been happy to hear I was planning on living in Dublin and playing for Ireland," said Raack.

"We always had a very strong Irish accent in the house."

Raack was a rookie with the New South Wales Breakers before moving to Hobart at 19 to join the Tasmanian Tigers.

In 2018, with the encouragement of retired international Isobel Joyce, who played for Tasmania and the Hurricanes in 2017, Raack headed to Dublin to play a season in the Super 3s.

Ireland head coach Aaron Hamilton selected Raack in Ireland's ICC World T20 squad in last October and she made her debut against Pakistan a month later.

Raack was named last month as one of the inaugural six recipients of professional contracts for women cricketers in Ireland.

"It is a very exciting time for women's cricket in Ireland," she added.

"I'm really looking forward to starting off against West Indies and it'll really help us see what we're doing well and what we need to work on over the coming months."

Ireland v West Indies - T20 International series
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Pembroke Cricket Club, DublinTuesday, 28 May, 16:00 BST
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