Ipswich sportswoman ponders next World Cup
AT this stage of her remarkable career, indoor cricketer Dulane "Dools'' Carson could retire at any moment.
However, after being named Player of the Series representing Australia again, she has every reason to continue performing at the highest level.
Carson received the top honour after helping the Aussies whitewash New Zealand 5-0 in the recent Trans-Tasman challenge in Port Macquarie.
It was her first time receiving the accolade for overall performance during the week.
Carson is still playing for the national open team in her forties.
However, the fearless wicketkeeper had to spend some extra time on the massage table to be ready for the latest five Test matches against the Kiwis.
Sore calf muscles failed to stop the tenacious sportswoman from delivering more tidy performances behind the stumps.
She was also happy with another aspect of her game.
"I bowled a lot better this year, which is always my weakness,'' she said.
Carson rated Australia's final Test win the most satisfying, which included a handy leg-side stumping.
"We won them (the five Tests) fairly easily,'' she said, proud of how Australia maintained its recent domination over the New Zealanders.
"We are a long way in front.''
Carson attributes much of that to Australia's discipline, qualities instilled in the side by long-term national coach Donna Dalby.
Carson has played much of her indoor cricket working with the former Boonah player and respected mentor.
Karalee-based Carson was one of three Queenslanders in the latest national squad of 12.
Buoyed by her form, Carson is keen to represent Ipswich at the zone championships in Toowoomba in November.
That is where the next Queensland open team is selected.
With next year's World Cup in Dubai, the temptation is to play on while she can.
"If all goes well and the body holds up, I'll try and go again,'' Carson said.
"We'll see what happens there. I thoroughly enjoyed it.''
She was part of the unbeaten Australian team at the 2014 World Cup in Wellington, where she was also named in the world "top eight'' players.