You played for Kent CCC, Sussex CCC & England U19s and are now coaching younger players. What are you expecting as their cricket coach?
I always look for commitment and passion for the game. Talent is obviously something you’re looking at, but the commitment to training and attention to detail is ultimately what makes a difference. We’re trying to make sure everyone is having fun as well as training hard. 15 of our kids at the London Cricket Academy were selected for county last year, which is amazing.
Women’s cricket has considerably evolved in the last few years. Who would you say best represents it today and what changes have you observed?
When thinking about the women’s game, the first name that springs to mind is Sarah Taylor. She recently retired but undoubtedly paved the way for a new era. She is a very strong and athletic player, and was the best keeper batter in the world for a long time. There are also players like Tammy Beaumont and Katherine Brunt, who are on top of their game and really stand out.
Women’s cricket is definitely changing. Shorter formats and franchises appeal to wider audiences, and most big games are now on TV. Besides, the fact that England is doing well at the moment has undeniably generated more interest in the sport from girls and women. It’s good to see that participation at grassroot level is increasing.
Out of 30 players in a group, we usually have 3 to 5 girls. It might not look that many on paper, but we have reached a big turning point with a great cohort of strong, committed girls who usually play different sports but decided to turn to cricket because it’s cool. It’s like a culture that breeds itself and I expect this trend to grow stronger over time.
Any advice to younger players?