The Australian woman-cricketers are undergoing a training session at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane to prepare for their tour of Sri Lanka later this year. The objective of the eight-day spin-intensive camp is to give them an advantage on the tour, where they are likely to encounter turning pitches.
Batters and bowlers alike will be put through their paces on both the normal wicket and the new red soil-based pitch that imitates subcontinental conditions at CA’s Brisbane headquarters.
With the tour of Sri Lanka in September a crucial one in the battle for the Women’s One-Day Championship, Australian coach Matthew Mott is determined to iron out any issues his squad has with the turning ball.
“A big focus for us is our cricket on the subcontinent. We’ve just been there (for the World T20) and across the board for Australian cricket it’s an area we need to get better at,” Mott told cricket.com.au. “We have to develop our spinners, so there’ll be a big focus on that, as well as with our batters.
“We’ll also do a lot of focus on game-based scenarios. We have amazing facilities here in Brisbane and to give players experience on different wickets in Australia and to be able to hit outdoors at this time of year, it’s really exciting.”