Australian women cricket team’s Vice-captain – Rachael Haynes spoke to media ahead of the women’s T20I Tri-series in her home. She told the media that the Tri-Series holds a lot of importance as it features the top dominating nations India and England, it gives the side a chance to try and showcase new things and build momentum. She thinks the games will be really tight as all of the nations have equal capacity and spirit to win.
She mentions that playing these two teams prior to the world cup would be very beneficial as Australia shares the same pool with India and would hopefully face England if they reach the qualifications. Practicing at SCG and other venues before the world cup is helping the side to get used to the conditions and manifest their maximum energy on the field. Speaking about the Australian conditions she says: “Certainly different to other grounds and that’s probably the unique thing about playing in Australia that wherever you play there’s something different to the ground where you have to adjust”.
She also discusses her being out of the team in between the Australian summers and says she was really glad to spend some time out with her family and now it’s great to be back in the squad and representing nation. She appreciates the newbies in the team like Annabel and looks forward to seeing her playing the better version of herself. She says the strength of the Aussie squad is their depth and everyone will probably get the opportunity to put their best foot forward.
On her role for the team, she says as a batter in the top order it’s in her nature to be in attacking mode and keep the ball smashing around, primarily to take her time on the field and then take on opportunities whenever there is. On the team’s experience and composition, she says that fortunately everyone has played much of domestic Cricket and batted in the middle order as well, this tri-series also leads them to find the perfect balance of the squad going forward.
On the buzz ahead of the world cup, Haynes shares that she really appreciates their sponsor Commbank for this tournament’s exciting build-up through media and advertising. She and the team expect the tournament to be a little bit different as there has been a lot of buzz around and a lot of efforts have been made behind the scenes to really promote it. They would like to get behind this motive and put out their best show on-field and entertain their viewers.
Australia will play its first Tri-series match against their favorite rivals England, the Tri-series will begin from 31st January.
Tri-series fixtures (All matches are Twenty20 internationals)
Jan 31 India v England, Canberra (03:10 GMT)
Feb 1 Australia v England, Canberra (03:10 GMT)
Feb 2 Australia v India, Canberra (03:10 GMT)
Feb 7 India v England, Melbourne (Junction Oval) (03:10 GMT)
Feb 8 Australia v India, Melbourne (Junction Oval) (03:10 GMT)
Feb 9 Australia v England, Melbourne (Junction Oval) (03:10 GMT)
Feb 12 Final, Melbourne (Junction Oval) (02:40 GMT)
How are the squads shaping up?
Australia: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (VC), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
England: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wk), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt
India squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Richa Ghosh