IT IS a late birthday present Holly Ferling will never forget.
Just days after her 17th birthday, the Kingaroy fast bowler has been selected to the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars national women's cricket squad to play in the upcoming ICC Women's World Cup in India.
Ferling will make her senior international debut on the subcontinent as part of the 15-player squad set to take part in the most prestigious tournament in women's cricket.
Ferling's senior international debut could be in Australia's first game of the tournament against Pakistan on January 31.
Australia's Group B pool also features matches against South Africa and New Zealand in early February before the Super Six stage of the tournament.
Ferling said it was an amazing feeling to make the World Cup squad at such a young age.
"It's an unreal feeling and I didn't expect it at all and didn't think I was in contention," she said.
"Words can't describe it and it's overwhelming really."
She said she was in disbelief when she received the call notifying the her of World Cup selection.
"When (national selector) Julie Savage called me I didn't realise why she was calling and it didn't click," she said.
"I thought she was after paper work or something like that, then she asked me if I was sitting down and said I should just take a seat.
"And then she told me I had made the Southern Stars.
"I was in tears and mainly just in shock and it took a couple of minutes in my room to get my head around it before I told my parents."
Ferling said her World Cup selection capped off a great year in which she also made her debut for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire women's cricket team.
"It's been a whirlwind year and if you told me this time last year I'd be playing senior representative cricket for my state and country then I wouldn't believe you. It's definitely a year I'll never forget," she said.
The World Cup will take place from January 31-February 17 at four venues in Mumbai.
Follow the progress of Holly and the team here.