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Player Diary: Kate Cross

Player Diary: Kate Cross

From holidaying in Australia to isolating with the parents; things haven't exactly panned out how Kate Cross imagined they would

I was supposed to be staying out in Australia for Lauren Winfield’s wedding and tying in a holiday, too. Unfortunately, however, having damaged all the ligaments in my ankle in the final group match of the tournament I had to work out if moon boot’s and beaches would mix. So with that in mind, I prematurely came home after the World Cup and began rehab. 

It’s obviously a strange time for everyone, especially the cricketers with the season being delayed and at this stage not knowing when we might play cricket again is a question that is impossible to answer. The England girls are actually on player leave until 14th April so unlike a lot of the county cricketers (male and female) we were taking time away from the game. So, in that sense we so far haven’t missed out on any cricket.

My isolation has been spent at my Mum and Dad's house, where they have a much bigger garden so I can at least get fresh air, but I have mostly used this isolation period to do my rehab programme. It’s been frustrating not being able to train how I would like but my rehab has given me a small amount of focus and something to tick off each day.

Otherwise, I have been keeping myself busy with various bits and pieces. Reading, jigsaws and I think I have watched a world-record breaking number of episodes of The Chase.

Alex Hartley and I have also been recording our podcast (No Balls: The Cricket Podcast) more regularly and have tried to get an episode out every week. The beauty of isolation means we have been able to get some guests on the show. The likes of Keaton Jennings and Glenn Maxwell have been easier to track down since we went into lockdown! We generally record an episode on a Wednesday and aim to edit it and have it ready to go live on Friday morning.

This week I also thought now would be a perfect time to start a course and try to learn a new skill, so I bought a package which has allowed me to learn British Sign Language. A skill I have always wanted to learn but never seemed to be able to find the time. 

I have tried to look at this situation in a positive light. It is not very often that I am home long enough to spend lots of time with my family and so moving in with my Mum and Dad has almost given me bonus time with them I might not have got had the cricket season started on time.

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