On the move … Alyssa Healy (front), Sarah Coyte, Lisa Sthalekar, Rachael Haynes (middle), Erin Osborne and Alex Blackwell.THE rotation policy applies to Australia’s women’s team as well – technically speaking. The NSW contingent of the Southern Stars squad – minus fast bowler Ellyse Perry, who is playing football in a W-League semi-final on Saturday – departed Sydney on Friday for a month-long journey they hope will culminate with the 50-over World Cup final.
The first stop was Perth, where Alex Blackwell’s Breakers will aim for a maiden domestic Twenty20 title. Then there is a pre-World Cup camp and T20 games against New Zealand in Melbourne next week, and the event itself, which Australia has not won since 2005, starting in India at the end of the month.
As the country’s men begin their Test campaign on the subcontinent next month, the Southern Stars will just be coming home.
And that is not all they have in common lately. There has been much huffing and puffing about the men’s workload and player-management system this summer, and it is not altogether different for the women. Like Michael Clarke’s team, they have to complete a daily wellness index, and their output on the ground and in training is measured closely, meaning they too can be shifted in and out of the team on the advice of injury projections.
”From our perspective, obviously the playing group understand that, like the men’s team, we have to report as well pretty much daily on what we’re doing to manage workloads and those sorts of things,” Breakers vice-captain and Australia batter Rachael Haynes said. ”From a sports science perspective, you certainly understand where they’re coming from, but I guess you want to play every game you can for your country.
”We had a Rose Bowl series against New Zealand towards the end of last year, and they did rotate the team around a little bit, but I think that was more so just to have a look at players and to get the best combinations happening for the World Cup. But I think our team is pretty settled, really.”
There are only two survivors, Blackwell and Lisa Sthalekar, in the present Australian squad from the XI who won the World Cup final eight years ago against India at Centurion. England are the defending champions, but Haynes said Australia, with their sights on a sixth World Cup title, would take great confidence from their World T20 triumph in Sri Lanka last October.
”We’ve obviously gained a little bit of momentum, having come off the back of the T20 World Cup victory, and a lot of the girls have had a really strong domestic season as well,” she said.
The Breakers’ T20 final against Western Fury is the curtain-raiser to the BBL decider on Saturday between Perth Scorchers and Brisbane Heat at the WACA Ground.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.