Thu, 08 Dec 2022

CANBERRA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Lauren Jackson will herald Australia's squad for September's Women's Basketball World Cup, which was announced on Wednesday with 12 players being called up.

Basketball Australia (BA) revealed the Opals squad following a training camp in New York with 41-year-old Jackson to play her fifth World Cup and first since 2010.

Jackson, widely regarded the greatest Australian basketballer of all time, came out of retirement in April six years after a knee injury ended her celebrated career.

Sandy Brondello will coach the Opals at a second World Cup after winning silver in 2018.

In addition to three-time Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Jackson, the squad features five current WNBA players and four new comers.

"There were a lot of emotions when Sandy rang me, I had a bit of a cry to be honest," Jackson said in a media release.

"The whole team have been so welcoming and made me feel at home, the age difference disappears as soon as I step onto the court. I believe in this team and what we can achieve, if I can play a part if getting us onto the podium then the hard work is all worthwhile."

Currently ranked third in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA)'s global rankings, Australia has been drawn in Group B for the World Cup and will play France, Serbia, Japan, Mali and Canada in pool matches.

The top four teams from each group will progress to the quarterfinals.

The World Cup will be played in Sydney between September 22 and October 1.

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