Green­way starts the search for new gen­er­a­tion

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By James Booker

LY­DIA Green­way will be re­mem­bered as one of Eng­land’s all-time greats and now the newly-ap­pointed play­er­coach at Kent is hop­ing to dis­cover her suc­ces­sor for county and coun­try.

Green­way, 31, re­tired from Eng­land duty last sum­mer after 13 years com­pet­ing on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

She is now in charge of the seven-time county cham­pi­ons – pri­mar­ily work­ing with the one­day team while still ply­ing her trade in the T20s in the wake of the de­par­ture of for­mer county and Eng­land cap­tain Char­lotte Ed­wards.

And while this new role was not in her mind when she hung up her in­ter­na­tional spikes last year, the left-handed bat­ter is de­ter­mined to make the best of the op­por­tu­nity.

“My main role with the one­day will be coach­ing, but I’ll still be play­ing T20,” Farn­bor­ough­born Green­way said.

“I want to make sure ev­ery­one has got what they need and then I’ll look after my­self as well.

“The player-coach po­si­tion was never a role I had in my head when I re­tired.

“It’s just been a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to that sit­u­a­tion re­ally. It’s al­ways been some­thing I was keen to get in­volved in.

“As a team, we’ve had suc­cess over the years, and we’ve had good peo­ple in place to lead that.

“Char­lotte Ed­wards has un­til now al­ways been at the front and now it’s up to some­one like my­self and the other se­nior play­ers in­volved to take on that new re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“It will be a huge chal­lenge, but one that I’m re­ally ex­cited for.”

Green­way made 225 ap­pear­ances for Eng­land, in­clud­ing 14 Test ap­pear­ances, 126 ODIs and 85 in T20Is be­fore draw­ing a line un­der her in­ter­na­tional ca­reer in June.

As a mid­dle-or­der bats­man, Green­way scored one in­ter­na­tional cen­tury, an un­beaten 125 against South Africa in 2011, as well as pass­ing 50 twice in Tests, twice in T20Is and 12 times in ODIs.

In her new coach­ing ca­pac­ity, she has em­pha­sised the de­sire to fo­cus her at­ten­tion on Kent’s young tal­ent, and she has vowed to make that a ma­jor part of her coach­ing strat­egy, say­ing: “A big thing for me is try­ing to get more of the young girls com­ing through the sys­tem, who have got the po­ten­tial to go on and rep­re­sent the se­nior team.

“To start with that may just be en­sur­ing that the ju­niors come along to se­nior games and help out in the warm-up, to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the se­nior en­vi­ron­ment.

“In win­ter train­ing as well, the se­nior team train with the U17 team. There’s a few po­ten­tially promis­ing play­ers com­ing through.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant for us now to make sure that’s con­tin­ued. Ex­pos­ing those play­ers now is a good thing to do.”

Kent will be de­fend­ing the County Cham­pi­onship ti­tle they won in 2016 and have an ex­cel­lent do­mes­tic record in re­cent years.

They have won the crown seven times in 11 sea­sons, in­clud­ing four times out of the last six.

Green­way has been a large part of Kent’s suc­cess in that time, and starred in the 2010 sea­son when she fin­ished as the lead­ing run-scorer in the County Cham­pi­onship with 628.

And with such solid ground to build from, Green­way is con­fi­dent of fu­ture suc­cess.

“It varies from county to county, but Kent are for­tu­nate in that we’ve al­ways had a good, strong set-up,” added Green­way.

“With Kent, we’re lucky in that we’ve got so many se­nior play­ers and the team has been so self­suf­fi­cient. We al­ways have a steady in­flux of play­ers com­ing through.

“Our fo­cus is on de­vel­op­ing the young play­ers as much as pos­si­ble, teach­ing them about de­ci­sion-mak­ing, the game from a tac­ti­cal point of view and the men­tal side of the game.

“I cer­tainly think that is a huge area and per­haps not al­ways looked at as closely as it should be.

“Hope­fully, with the ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve got, as well as the likes of other se­nior play­ers such as Laura Marsh and Tammy Beau­mont, we can help de­velop that in the younger play­ers.”

PIC­TURE: Getty Im­ages

Big hit­ter: Ly­dia Green­way aims to bring her Eng­land ODI dy­namism to nur­tur­ing Kent’s pro­duc­tion line of tal­ent

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.