2023 September – News Digest

Henriques will lead NSW across all formats this summer.

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September 1: A number of appointments are made in struggling NSW

As of this summer, Moises Henriques will serve as the all-format captain for NSW. In addition, Shane Watson (mentoring and mindset training) and Michael Bevan (batting) will provide consulting services to the state.

NSW is attempting to recover from a challenging summer in which they went winless in the Sheffield Shield for just the second time ever and the first time in 84 years.

Greg Shipperd had already been named the head coach for NSW, with Ali de Winter and Shawn Bradstreet serving as his assistants. With Geoff Lawson and Stuart Clark joining Shipperd, CNSW Chief of Cricket Performance Greg Mail, and David Freedman on the selection panel, there is also a change.

“No one at Cricket NSW was happy with what happened last season, and we have now taken steps to turn things around, with the aim of building consistent success,” said Lee Germon, the CEO of Cricket NSW. “These guys all have extremely impressive résumés, and they all have a genetic affinity for the Blues and NSW cricket. That will give our organization and the playing group a fresh edge.

Greg Mail and Greg Shipperd are now in charge of the program, and Moises (Henriques) and his playing group have worked hard during the off-season to make a run at championships.

“Now, by bringing in the collective experience and world class skills of Michael Bevan and Shane Watson, we have added to our off-field support structure.

“Geoff Lawson and Stuart Clark are synonymous with the NSW Blues and have always maintained a connection with the game. They ‘bleed Blue’, just like Greg Mail and David Freedman.

“It really is ‘back to the future’ for us this season and we are confident we are in a better position now than we were prior to these changes.”

New Zealand Women reveal their tour group for South Africa

For the upcoming tour of South Africa, Canterbury batter Kate Anderson and Auckland all-rounder Bella Armstrong have received their first calls from New Zealand. Jess Kerr of the Pacers is also back in the mix. Bella has only been selected for the T20Is on the tour, while Kate has been selected for both ODIs and T20Is.

For the ODI and T20I series on the tour, two different teams were chosen.

Sophie Devine (captain), Kate Anderson, Bella Armstrong (only for T20I), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Eden Carson, Izzy Gaze (only for ODI), Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Jess Kerr, Molly Penfold, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, and Lea Tahuhu are the other members of the squad.

Jess’s return to the team after being forced to miss the Sri Lanka tour due to injury is a huge plus, according to head coach Ben Sawyer. “She has world-class bowling abilities and excels with her in-swinger, which is becoming increasingly challenging in the women’s game. Jess bookends the innings by swinging it up front and bowling an incredible leg cutter at the end, especially in a T20 game.

“Kate had an outstanding domestic season last year and was unfortunate to miss the Sri Lanka tour due to injury,” Sawyer said in reference to Kate and Bella’s call-ups. We are excited to give her a chance on the international stage because we like her power and batting prowess.

Bella possesses all the qualities we look for in a White Fern: she is a promising young player, hits the ball hard, and is an excellent fielder.

After having knee surgery, Hayley Jensen is still recovering and wasn’t available for selection. Fran Jonas, Maddy Green, Suzie Bates, and Sophie Devine all play franchise cricket and weren’t chosen.

From September 10–14, the team will hold a training camp at Tauranga’s Bay Oval. On September 17, they will then leave for South Africa.

Bella meets all the criteria for a White Fern: she is a talented young player, has a powerful swing, and excels in the field.

Hayley Jensen is still recovering from knee surgery and wasn’t available for selection. Franchise cricket players Fran Jonas, Maddy Green, Suzie Bates, and Sophie Devine were all passed over for selection.

The group will hold a training camp at Tauranga’s Bay Oval from September 10 through 14. They will then depart for South Africa on September 17.