Player Diary: Alex Hartley
Alex Hartley, Lancashire Women and Lancashire Thunder spin bowler, is spending her winter Down Under in Tasmania.
Initially over there to play state cricket, she has since gone on to make her debut in the Women's Big Bash League.
Find out what else she's been up to in the first of her player diary entries...
I have been out in Australia since the end of October and I am staying in Tasmania where I began by playing for Tasmania Tigers in the WNCL before a stint in the Women’s Big Bash League with Hobart Hurricanes.
I played two matches for Tas' at the start of my time here, winning both – currently we are sitting top of the table and need one more win to reach the Finals.
The Big Bash has pretty much taken over here at the moment. Originally I was only supposed to be playing in the opening match against Kate Cross’ Perth Scorchers, however an injury to Hayley Matthews means that I will be staying on as her overseas replacement for the entire tournament. Of course we were all gutted to find out about Hayley’s injury but I am looking forward to being able to have a crack at the rest of the competition.
As I have mentioned, it was great to come up against Kate Cross in our opening match, although we lost out by 6 wickets in a hard-fought contest, it was brilliant to see Kate over here and we had time to catch up afterwards too.
Since I arrived training has been pretty full on, basically every day, and I have been doing some work on my action in order to try and get more top spin and drift on the ball.
Whenever I’ve had some down time I have tried to get out and about. So far I have climbed up Mount Wellington and I also travelled to Richmond to see the oldest bridge in Tasmania (very disappointing, it just looked like a normal bridge!).
We also went to visit the historic Port Arthur and went on a 12-mile hike, where we came across a snake! I used Heather Knight as a human shield – captain duties aren’t just on the field over here!
When I first landed in Australia the weather was absolutely freezing, the mountains had snow on them and everything, which made we wonder why on earth I had come to Australia? However the weather is much better now, so a few trips to the beach are definitely in order.
Hopefully in my next update I will be able to tell you more about how we are getting on in the Big Bash.