Handle comebacks, nurture kids and see England Girls soar

Proper close to the highest of Jon Lewis’ to-do listing as new England Girls’s head coach is to test in with Nat Sciver as she makes her comeback from a psychological well being break.

Sciver has opted to not resume her vice-captaincy for the upcoming tour of West Indies as she concentrates first on being a participant earlier than returning to any management position, which she is eager to do sooner or later. Sciver, who led England on the Commonwealth Video games instead of the injured Heather Knight earlier than lacking India’s white-ball tour of England in September citing emotional fatigue after a jam-packed 9 months of cricket, is known to be feeling effectively and excited to be again with England’s ODI and T20I squads as a consequence of fly to Antigua subsequent week.

Two days into the job he took over from Lisa Keightley, Lewis has already had a two-hour dialog strolling around the Loughborough College campus which homes the ECB’s Nationwide Cricket Efficiency Centre with Knight – who’s match once more after present process hip surgical procedure. The pair will seek the advice of additional earlier than her deputy is known as for the Caribbean tour.

Lewis is eager to develop a core management group, which can effectively embody a number of of the youthful members of the England squad, after the absence of Knight, Sciver and senior seam bowler Katherine Brunt – rested all through India’s go to – left Amy Jones as a considerably reluctant skipper with no designs on holding the submit long term.

For now, Lewis is thrilled to have Sciver again within the fold in a enjoying capability.

“I am completely delighted that she’s up for approaching tour and as much as the problem that is forward of her,” he advised ESPNcricinfo. “She’s a implausible cricketer, somebody who’s among the best cricketers on this planet, and to have that form of high quality in your workforce so far as a head coach is one thing that’s paramount.

“As a lot as I can get her out on the sphere and enjoying her greatest cricket – and having fun with her cricket as a lot as something – I feel that may preserve her out within the area as a rule, however there may be now changing into the query of stability in ladies’s cricket as a result of there’s a continuous quantity of cricket to have the ability to play when you select to.

“A part of my job will likely be round managing schedules and understanding the person wants of every participant, and Nat particularly will likely be in excessive demand throughout each single competitors due to the standard that she brings.”

Lewis additionally had an extended discuss, and stroll, with Brunt – he finds one of the best type of communication is to “get on my toes reasonably than sit head to head”. Brunt isn’t within the ODI squad for 3 matches in opposition to West Indies however is predicted to play a component within the 5 T20Is that observe and kind an essential a part of England’s preparation for the T20 World Cup in South Africa early subsequent 12 months.

“Within the instant future, which is the West Indies tour, we’re working to handle Katherine again into cricket,” Lewis stated. “Then now we have a T20 World Cup after that and Katherine is an absolute legend of the game, she’s extremely effectively revered and, watching her bowl throughout the summer season, nonetheless bowling extremely effectively.

“For me as the pinnacle coach, that is somebody I would like round and I would like her to be enjoying as a lot cricket for England as doable. In order that’s one of many issues we had a dialog about on a stroll, her plans for the long run.

“For the time being she’s very a lot wanting within the close to future round this tour of the West Indies after which as soon as we get by means of that, then we’ll go once more and we’ll see the place she’s at. However in the mean time she appears in a extremely good house and she or he’s been coaching extremely onerous right here… I am wanting ahead to seeing her carry out at her greatest within the Caribbean.”

It’s anticipated that England will even play a three-match T20I sequence with New Zealand in South Africa earlier than two official ICC warm-up video games forward of the match beginning on February 10, leaving Lewis with a complete of 10 video games within the format to get to know his workforce earlier than making an attempt to topple defending champions Australia. To that finish, he can name on a treasured useful resource within the type of Matthew Mott, who’s making his manner again from his native Australia having helped England Males to the T20 world title in the identical 12 months he additionally took Australia Girls to the ODI crown.

“It might be fairly dumb to not,” Lewis stated. “He is had an extremely profitable interval with the Australian workforce. I’ll positively go and communicate to Motty about what he did with the Australian workforce and the journey they went on and in addition the areas that they felt they may pinpoint in our group to win video games of cricket.”

Having welcomed again 4 gamers with huge expertise forward of the journey to the Caribbean – 32-year-old top-order batter Lauren Winfield-Hill is within the T20I squad after being dropped in the course of the 50-over World Cup initially of the 12 months – Lewis additionally has an thrilling bunch of children to nurture.

They embody quick bowlers Issy Wong and Lauren Bell and allrounders Alice Capsey and Freya Kemp, who all seized the alternatives they have been handed when making their worldwide debuts beneath Keightley’s reign in the course of the English summer season.

Lewis stated the prospect to mentor a gaggle with such a mixture of youth and expertise was an enormous lure when making use of for the job, which meant leaving his submit as England Males’s tempo bowling coach. He advised Jonathan Finch, Director of England Girls’s cricket, and the ECB’s interim CEO, Clare Connor, as a lot in his remaining interview for the position.

“There is a actually beautiful stability of not solely age vary and experiences however ability degree, and various kinds of expertise, and thrilling younger cricketers who… the world’s their oyster,” he stated. “My job is to is to assist these gamers launch their potential and I feel that there is nothing that this group can’t obtain.

“My pitch was actually I am so excited in regards to the ceiling that the gamers have gotten, or the dearth of ceiling the gamers have gotten, and that the workforce is able to fly. My job is to virtually take the handbrake off and free the gamers up and get them to play to their full potential.”

Valkerie Baynes is a common editor at ESPNcricinfo

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