Belinda Clark knows the path well.
Not only the one up Parkway Avenue from childhood house in Hamilton South to Bar Beach, but also from Newcastle junior cricketer to World Cup champion.
And while she "would have loved" to play more T20 during her own distinguished career, the former national captain and now Cricket Australia community general manager reckons the current women's squad have the potential to go all the way at home next month.
"I think it's a really well balanced squad," Clark told the Newcastle Herald about team Australia as the countdown to the women's T20 World Cup continues with a trophy tour stopover at Bar Bach on Saturday (12-2pm).
"There's a core group of four or five players that have been there for a while now and helped mould how the team plays, thinks and behaves.
"The likes of [Meg] Lanning, [Ellyse] Perry, [Alyssa] Healy and [Megan] Schutt provide that stability and allow emerging talent such as [Georgia] Wareham, [Sophie] Molineux and [Ashleigh] Gardner to come in and perform.
"I think they are well placed to give it a good shake."
Clark, who lifted World Cup trophies in 1997 and 2005 for the 50-over format, played just one T20 international before her retirement 15 years ago.
She also missed being out in the middle for the ever-growing Women's Big Bash League, which launched in 2015-16.
"I would have loved it [T20]," Clark said.
"Especially early on in your career, it's such a great gateway to high-level cricket.
"It's a wonderful format full stop, but it's also a good TV product and meets community expectations these days where a game can be finished in 90 minutes or two hours."
Clark, now based in Melbourne, looks back fondly on her days in Newcastle and first joining her older brother for a City training session at Empire Park after making a schoolgirls representative side.
The women's T20 World Cup starts in Sydney on February 21 with four-time champions Australia hosting India. The final is scheduled for the MCG on March 8.
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