England head coach Jon Lewis is decided to unseat “normal bearers” Australia on the Ladies’s T20 World Cup as he begins to grapple with the most important job of his profession.
Lewis is not any stranger to the worldwide enviornment, capped by his nation in all three codecs as a participant earlier than main the lads’s Below-19 setup and dealing alongside the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad because the ECB’s tempo bowling lead for nearly two years.
He was a key a part of Chris Silverwood’s backroom group throughout final winter’s Ashes, when Australia eased to a 4-0 win, and left the lads’s sport in December to take over from Lisa Keightley.
The identification of England’s predominant rivals is a well-recognized one and their dominance much more pronounced, with Australia’s girls profitable the final three World Cup tournaments and holding the Ashes urn for the final 4 sequence.
“That is 100 per cent, for positive, my greatest job thus far,” Lewis instructed the PA information company.
“As a abilities coach within the males’s set-up you’ve gotten affect, you’ve gotten a say, however the selections aren’t yours, they’re another person’s. This can be a a lot higher problem for me.
“Australia are positively the usual bearers within the girls’s sport, they’re the benchmark group. They’ve accomplished fantastically effectively since 2017, after we final received a World Cup, and so they have dominated.
“We’ll go into this event with Australia as favourites and that’s proper, they need to be. However with favouritism comes the calls for and the pressures to maintain on profitable.”
England start their marketing campaign on February 11, dealing with the West Indies in Paarl, having crushed the identical opponents 8-0 on mixture on their current white-ball tour of the Caribbean.
Whereas the on-field problem was flimsier than anticipated, Lewis took his time to take the measure of his new group and believes there’s room for even probably the most established figures within the group to succeed in contemporary heights.
“I feel all of them have ranges to discover, when it comes to how they play the sport. The newer gamers are clearly thrilling, with excessive potential, however the senior group is one that also has quite a lot of untapped potential.
“Heather Knight, our captain, is an extremely gifted participant and a extremely good chief, however I see extra in her tank when it comes to how inventive she will be, how unconventionally she will be able to play and captain.
“There’s Nat Sciver-Brunt, probably the greatest gamers on the planet, and he or she’s somebody who might go even additional with the tempo she will be able to play at. She will dominate groups. At occasions I really feel these two gamers have felt actually accountable for the outcomes of the group, so I’ve instructed them it’s my job to boost the usual of everybody to allow them to be much more expressive.
“When you can simply free a few of their minds up, make them realise they don’t have to stay to the way it’s at all times been accomplished, the expertise we’ve got is so considerable. This group can do something they wish to. They may not realise it but, however it’s my job to get that out of them.”