A University of Sussex cricketer has been selected to play for the England women's team on tour in South Africa.
Rosalie Birch, a first-year linguistics student, combines her sporting ambition with academic endeavour, with the aid of a University-awarded sporting bursary.
All-rounder Rosalie, 20, began playing cricket at the age of ten. Last year she enjoyed major success as a member of the Brighton and Hove Ladies Cricket Club when they won the National Premier League.
The month-long South Africa tour comprises five one-day internationals against the hosts in locations including Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth. Speaking before she left for South Africa on 5 February, Rosalie said: "The tour is my main focus at the moment; I want to continue my success from the summer and be part of a winning team."
Rosalie's season promises to be an exciting one. She is preparing for next year's women's World Cup, and the England squad is set to play a new format - the new 20-over game known as 20twenty cricket - against New Zealand at Hove in August.
Rosalie said: "To play at my home ground for England would be amazing. My ambition for the future is to play a major part in a winning World Cup team, and with it only a year away, that dream is coming closer and closer."
Luke Terrill, University sports development officer and Rosalie's sporting mentor, said: "Rosalie has exceptional talent and will no doubt continue to be a huge success in the future. This summer she will be taking place in trials for the BUSA (British University Sports Association) national team."