Beth Mooney.
Beth Mooney. Keagan Elder

Beth Mooney named in 21-player World Cup squad

HERVEY Bay's Southern Star Beth Mooney has taken another step towards her dream World Cup berth.

Mooney was one of three Brisbane Heat players to be included in an extended 21-woman Australian squad.

Mooney repeatedly stated her goal during the Women's Big Bash League and subsequent Southern Stars duty was to be included in Australia's squad for the World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales from June 26 to July 23.

She didn't give national selectors much of a choice.

Mooney blasted 482 runs at 43.81 and was responsible for 12 dismissals as she was named both the Heat's Most Valuable Player, and the WBBL's Player of the Tournament.

She struggled with the bat during the three-game Twenty20 International series against New Zealand, during which she scored just six runs.

An away trip to New Zealand in the One Day International squad proved a difference-maker as the 23-year-old reigned.

She became the first Queenslander to score an ODI century for the Southern Stars when she scored 100 in the first game of the three-game series, and ended with 226 runs at 75.33 to be named player of the series for the Rose Bowl.

A final 15-player squad will be picked after a three-week camp that culminates on May 12.

The Southern Stars, who won their sixth World Cup in 2013, will start their campaign against West Indies at Taunton.

The final will be held at Lord's, England.