The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is just a couple of weeks away and our Australian team is close to completing their period of quarantine before entering full preparation mode on the back of the multi-format Ashes series.
The twelfth edition of the competition starts on March 4th and will run for a month with New Zealand being the host nation this time around.
Australia’s first match comes up against familiar foes in England on the 5th at Seddon Park.
After an impressive Ashes series against the English outfit, young Aussie quick, Darcie Brown, is feeling confident ahead of the competition.Embed from Getty Images
Brown will celebrate her 19th birthday during the commencement of the competition but is already approaching 12 months since representing her country for the first time.
“So much has happened over the last 12 months, but it feels like it was yesterday (making Australian debut), I’ve been really grateful for all the opportunities that I’ve been given, I’m proud but also still can’t wrap my head around it,” Brown told media on Thursday.
“It’s good to have some experience going into the World Cup now, I’m still nervous because it is my first World Cup but probably a bit less nervous than last time I was here, just really looking forward to getting stuck into it.”
Heading into the World Cup, Brown has played in two tests, four one-day internationals and two t20 internationals for Australia.
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Now is the time for preparation for Brown and Australia, and despite being in the national set-up for some time now, the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year still recognises that there’s still room for improvement.
“I’ve been working really hard, particularly this preseason, on my core strength, it’s probably a really important aspect of fast bowling. At the start of pre-season, I couldn’t hold a 20-second plank, but now I can hold it a bit longer, thank goodness,” Brown said.
“I feel so much stronger at the crease, I guess that shows with how consistent I’ve been, I’m still not quite there yet but I suppose if you compare to last season, it’s a lot better, hopefully, we’re on the up and it’ll just keep getting better.”
It’s been a particularly long season for the 18-year-old, but Brown believes her body is ready to keep going.
“Feeling really good, it’s been good to have these seven days to really recharge and rest, let the body recover. It has been a pretty busy season, but we’ve got load management for a reason and just really looking forward to getting back into training.”
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