Women pre­pared for life at the top

The Cricket Paper - - WOMEN’S ASHES - By Seth Fran­cis

MORE than 20 play­ers from Eng­land Women’s Path­way squads have been se­lected on ECB pro­grammes de­signed to sup­port the play­ers in tak­ing the next steps to­wards in­ter­na­tional cricket.

The Eng­land Women’s Se­nior Academy (EWSA) will see 14 play­ers at­tend­ing a se­ries of camps over the win­ter and play­ing a number of com­pet­i­tive matches in the sum­mer to en­hance their de­vel­op­ment and help them be­come more ef­fec­tive per­form­ers. The Eng­land Women’s Academy (EWA) will also be do­ing the same.

The EWSA is in place to en­hance the skills of play­ers to en­sure they are equipped to per­form for Eng­land on the in­ter­na­tional stage. This group of play­ers will be ex­posed to high qual­ity coach­ing and will ex­pe­ri­ence do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­ments aimed at help­ing their game move for­ward.

The group has been trimmed from 18 last year to 14 this time round, with three play­ers pro­gress­ing to the EWSA hav­ing been a part of the EWA last year and nine changes in per­son­nel over­all.

Women’s high per­for­mance man­ager Jonathan Finch said: “We are ex­cited by the play­ers and the coach­ing team we have work­ing with this group and fol­low­ing on from their ini­tial camp in Spain the younger play­ers will be work­ing to­wards a tri-se­ries with Aus­tralia and South Africa next year.”

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