Jon Lewis eager to take World Cup combat to dominant Australia


England head coach Jon Lewis is decided to unseat “normal bearers” Australia on the Ladies’s T20 World Cup as he begins to grapple with the largest job of his profession.

Lewis isn’t any stranger to the worldwide area, capped by his nation in all three codecs as a participant earlier than main the boys’s Underneath-19 setup and dealing alongside the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad because the ECB’s tempo bowling lead for nearly two years.

He was a key a part of Chris Silverwood’s backroom group throughout final winter’s Ashes, when Australia eased to a 4-0 win, and left the boys’s sport in December to take over from Lisa Keightley.

Jon Lewis, left, films James Anderson's bowling action
Jon Lewis movies James Anderson’s bowling motion in his earlier function with the England males’s group (Jason O’Brien)

The identification of England’s most important rivals is a well-recognized one and their dominance much more pronounced, with Australia’s ladies successful the final three World Cup tournaments and holding the Ashes urn for the final 4 collection.

“That is 100 per cent, for certain, my greatest job to this point,” Lewis informed the PA information company.

“As a expertise coach within the males’s set-up you’ve gotten affect, you’ve gotten a say, however the selections aren’t yours, they’re another person’s. This can be a a lot larger problem for me.

“Australia are undoubtedly the usual bearers within the ladies’s sport, they’re the benchmark group. They’ve accomplished fantastically properly since 2017, once we final gained a World Cup, and so they have dominated.

“We’ll go into this match with Australia as favourites and that’s proper, they need to be. However with favouritism comes the calls for and the pressures to maintain on successful.”

England start their marketing campaign on February 11, going through the West Indies in Paarl, having crushed the identical opponents 8-0 on combination on their current white-ball tour of the Caribbean.

Heather Knight, right, sweeps against New Zealand
Lewis desires to unlock extra from senior gamers equivalent to captain Heather Knight (Simon Marper)

Whereas the on-field problem was flimsier than anticipated, Lewis took his time to take the measure of his new group and believes there may be room for even probably the most established figures within the group to achieve recent heights.

“I believe all of them have ranges to discover, when it comes to how they play the sport. The newer gamers are clearly thrilling, with excessive potential, however the senior group is one that also has numerous untapped potential.

“Heather Knight, our captain, is an extremely gifted participant and a extremely good chief, however I see extra in her tank when it comes to how artistic she will be, how unconventionally she will be able to play and captain.

“There’s Nat Sciver-Brunt, among the best gamers on the planet, and she or he’s somebody who might go even additional with the tempo she will be able to play at. She will dominate groups. At instances I really feel these two gamers have felt actually liable for the outcomes of the group, so I’ve informed them it’s my job to lift the usual of everybody to allow them to be much more expressive.

“When you can simply free a few of their minds up, make them realise they don’t have to stay to the way it’s at all times been accomplished, the expertise now we have is so plentiful. This group can do something they wish to. They won’t realise it but, nevertheless it’s my job to get that out of them.”


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