Shelley Nitschke was included in the Australian squad in 2005. She was a blonde, dark and short spinner full of energy. When Australia won the Cricket World Cup in the same year, she was the leading wicket taker in the series.
She also shone in the batting while scoring 175 runs in her initial 2 Tests during the Ashes series in England. Although, Australia lost this Test series, Nitschke was not discouraged. She forged ahead and assisted her team to win the ODI series as well as the Twenty20. Back home, Australia defeated India by a score of 3-0. As her debut year was remarkable, she was the recipient of the Best New Talent title at the Commonwealth Bank Awards.
Presently, Nitschke has become the opening batsman in the team and this has helped her to develop into a formidable allrounder.
Shelley Nitschke played in 58 ODIs in which she accumulated 1237 runs with 94 as her highest score. Her batting average was 30.92 and batting strike rate was 74.20. She clobbered 12 sixes, 154 boundaries and 9 half centuries. While fielding, she took 24 catches. In the 2638 deliveries that she bowled, 1535 runs were scored and claimed 67 wickets. Her economy rate was 3.49, bowling average was 22.91 and bowling strike rate was 39.3.