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SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Basketball great Lauren Jackson admitted she was scared and apprehensive after coming out of retirement to be selected for the Australia squad at aged 41 ahead of this year’s World Cup.

The four-time Olympic medalist and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) star was sensationally included in the Opals line-up on Wednesday ahead of September’s women’s World Cup in Sydney, 25 years after first playing for Australia.

“I never expected to get to this point so every day I get past here is a blessing,” she told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

“I truly feel like one of the luckiest people in the world to be getting another shot after the way my career ended.”

“There’s a little bit of apprehension,” she added.

“I’m definitely a little bit scared and excited but who knows what will happen with my body.”

Australia’s greatest women’s player retired in 2016 with a persistent knee injury after an almost 20-year career, during which she became the first non-American and the youngest woman to be named Most Valuable Player in the United States’ WNBA.

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