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‘Retired’ great Lauren Jackson included in Opals Olympic squad

Basketball superstar Lauren Jackson has been included in the extended Opals squad for the Paris Olympics, despite announcing her retirement from the international scene.

Jackson was on Wednesday named in coach Sandy Brondello’s extended 26-player squad that will take part in training camps, tours and fixtures in the lead-up to the Games, which begin on July 26.

The final 12-player team to fight for medals in the French capital will be selected from the extended squad.

The 42-year-old Jackson — arguably Australia’s greatest-ever basketball player — announced her retirement from the Opals in February after Australia qualified for the Games with an 85-52 thumping of Germany in Brazil.

“I’m done,” Jackson, who was part of the Opals’ victorious 2006 World Cup campaign in the South American country, said at the time.

“I love Brazil, Brazil has been very good to me.

“How fitting that I get to finish my national career with Australia in Brazil. It’s very special.”

But less than seven weeks later, she has been named in a squad that includes 11 members of the team that took bronze at the World Cup in 2022.

Jackson has won four Olympic medals, including silver at three consecutive Games, starting with Sydney in 2000 when she competed as a teenager.