Phoebe Litchfield captured the cricketing world's imagination in a headline-grabbing start to her Women's Big Bash League career last weekend, but the teenage sensation isn't having any trouble staying grounded amid the furore.
She did admit it was tough to shift her focus back to her studies at Kinross after becoming the youngest player in history to score a Big Bash half century in the Sydney Thunder's win over Brisbane though, at 16 years and 185 days.
"Straight back to reality, it did take a little while for me to get back into it," the year 10 student said.
The juggling act is something she'll have to negotiate as the season rolls on and her exams loom large, the four-hour drive back from Sydney on Sunday helped her process her "surreal" debut weekend though.
"Yep, straight in the car afterwards. It was nice to have everyone there and the drive back helped. It let the excitement sink in a little bit and coming back to school hasn't been too bad yet," she said.
"It'll get a bit more hectic with exams coming up in week five, they fall when we go to play in Adelaide and Perth too so that's not ideal.
"The Thunder are great though, they would give me leave to focus on my exams like one of my teammates who's sitting the HSC.
"I'd prefer to make it all work though, I'll just have to catch up as much as I can outside training and games."
The Thunder's flexibility in terms of training is a huge benefit too. She'll continue to fly to Sydney and join the squad for one session before games, along with training in Orange with father and coach Andrew.
She's still stunned by the attention that's come with her whirlwind rise to the top, which actually started well before her WBBL debut when a video of her batting at NSW Breakers training went viral in July.
"It's crazy, I'm just playing cricket I had no idea what it would be like until that video and then the weekend, but it's all really exciting," the Thunder star said.
She's just "taking it all as it comes" though and doing her best not to get too swept up, that seems unlikely anyway considering the strong support network she has at home, at school and in the Thunder camp.
That includes her close group of friends at Kinross and all her mates beyond the school too, all of whom are incredibly proud of what looks the beginning of a long career at the top.
"It's amazing watching her, she really is an inspiration,' Lizzie Kwa beamed.
The Thunder continue their WBBL05 campiaign against the two Melbourne sides this weekend, they host the Renegades on Saturday and the Stars on Sunday.
They travel to Tasmania for a double-header against the Hobart Hurricanes the following weekend.
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