Kate Cross Looks Back At The Women’s Big Bash
LANCASHIRE BOWLER Kate Cross’ involvement may have finished in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash after being knocked out at the group stages, but it’s safe to stay she’s enjoyed the experience.
“I’ve absolutely loved it. The girls have been great, the coaches have been great and everyone has just really taken us in and made us feel welcome,” says Cross, who came to Brisbane looking to build her credentials as a T20 cricketer.
“As an international cricketer you want to be playing as much as you can and opportunities like this don’t come around that often. You always want to be part of something special, especially when it’s brand new”, she continued.
Cross is adamant the WBBL’s influence will be seen as soon as this year when England’s six team Women’s Cricket Super League is launched.
“The WBBL is the first of its kind and Cricket Australia has been pretty brave by staging it. We’ve got our Super League starting this year and I’d say the ECB (English and Wales Cricket Board) will be keen to hear our thoughts on what went well and what didn’t.
“This style of competition is what needs to happen in the women’s game. The ECB would be daft if they didn’t look at this competition and think where they can move forward.”
“I was a bit worried about coming into a new team who had been playing together for so long but Lauren and I were made to feel welcome from the start,” says Cross.
“After our first training session the first thing I came away with was how close a group of friends they are. They play for each other, they play for the badge and all the hard work and dedication they do is for each other and for the team.
“That’s a really special environment that has been created and to come into that and be made to feel a part made everything a lot easier for us. That will definitely be something I take away from this experience is the environment and culture that exists here,” she continued.
Next stop on the world-wind journey for both players will be England’s tour of South Africa to further press their credentials ahead of March’s World Twenty20 tournament in India.
While winning is every players number one priority, playing an exciting brand of cricket and promoting the game to a wider audience and brining new fans to the game runs a close second.
“Although girls like Holly and Jess are my rivals for a majority of the year, everyone is just talking about the bigger picture, which is how the women’s game is constantly growing and how we can make it a better moving forward,” says Cross.
After a landmark summer it’s safe to say the game will only go from strength to strength.