Southern Stars veteran and ACA Executive member Lisa Sthalekar has released an autobiography entitled 'Shaker: Run Maker, Wicket Taker'.
The 32-year-old has represented her nation 168 times in all three forms of the game. Holding the record for the most amount of wickets in women's International Twenty20s, Lisa is fourth on the all-time wicket takers list for ODIs and has scored more than 3000 runs.
The right-hander released her book while on tour with the Southern Stars in India, the country of her birth.
We caught up with Lisa to discuss the book, the Southern Stars' recent tour of India and the ACA.
Tell us about your book; how did it come about?
A couple of years ago my manager Shaun Martyn came to me saying that I should write an autobiography. I thought that he was crazy, who would want to read about my life? He began writing different pieces and came up with some chapter titles and ever since then I took up the challenge and have been chipping away at it.
The key themes are: family, love of cricket, friendships and that anything is possible.
What was the motivation behind writing the book?
The motivation behind it was to educate people on my background, women's cricket and the sacrifices female athletes make.
How did you find the experience?
The experience of writing about your life is strange. I relived a lot of the ups and downs again, but learnt plenty about myself.
What was the best aspect of the process?
Having lost family members, I know how easy it is to lose memories and stories. Hopefully my book can be passed down not only in my family but the next generation of female cricketers. There isn't the footage or story telling of the games that I have played unlike the men.
What did you find the most challenging?
Just writing the damn thing. English wasn't my strongest subject at school and to have actually written a book is quite funny.
As a current player, has it had any effect on your cricket?
Being a current player and writing a lot of the book whilst on tour (in my free time) I had to make sure the emotions of reliving certain events didn't affect how I performed on tour. I am glad to say that it didn't.
You launched the book over in India; why there and not in Australia?
I launched the book in India because I had completed it and the Southern Stars were about to tour there. Also, it was my birthplace and a country that I love to visit.
How was it received over there?
The launch seemed to go well and on the night there were over 70 people there. I have since received positive feedback, so that is pleasing.
Did any of the Indian players sledge you about it? Did any of them buy it?
Firstly, if the Indians were sledging me, I didn't understand them! Actually, they were very interested and supportive. About half of the team bought a copy.
Do you have any more written pieces planned?
Obviously being the first book that I have written, I now look back and wish I had said this or added some more stories and experiences. As a few friends have mentioned, I have left it open for a sequel, (so) I guess you never know what could happen in the future. Even five years ago I would have said that I would never write a book!
How was the Southern Stars' Indian tour?
The tour was amazing, not only did we play some great cricket, but we got to visit different cities that I hadn't been to. The team got along really well with plenty of funny stories along the way.
The ACA has recently announced that at this year's AGM a motion will be raised to allow past female players to become members of the ACA. What are your thoughts on this?
I am excited and thankful that the Executive plus many current and past male players agreed that it was the right time to welcome the past female players. Integration and interaction with past female players has been minimal and I believe we are heading in the right direction now.
Where can people purchase the book?
The best way people can purchase it is if they go to my website lisasthalekar.com.
Back in 2010 Lisa's story was featured on an episode of 'Australia and Me', which appeared both here and overseas on the Australia Network. Watch the episode below.