Published: 8th November, 2018
Surrey Stars Head Coach Richard Bedbrook can’t wait to see the team’s five representatives in this month’s World T20 tournament in the West Indies.
Nat Sciver & Sophia Dunkley are in the England squad that will begin their tournament against Sri Lanka on 10 November before a South Africa team containing Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp and captain Dane van Niekerk face the same opponents two days later.
The five will be heading into the tournament full of confidence after firing Surrey Stars to Kia Super League success this summer.
For the uncapped Dunkley, Bedbrook sees this tournament as a major learning curve but trusts that she will have the confidence to step up should she be called upon.
He said: “This is a chance for Sophia to see everything she has been working towards and dreaming up close and personal. She’ll learn what it takes to be a professional in this era of women’s cricket day and she’ll come away from it a very different player to who she is now.
“She will approach every training session with a real drive and if she gets the opportunity to play, there will be some nerves but she’s got the ability to deal with the best players in the world and there’s no reason why she can’t take it.”
Dunkley will be alongside World Cup winner and Wisden Cricketer of the Year Sciver in the England squad, who may look to use this month as a chance to add global T20 success to her glittering array of trophies.
On Sciver, Bedbrook said: “She’s undoubtedly going to provide a sense of leadership to the whole England group in the way that she goes about everything she does.
“In terms of her own game, she clearly wants to keep performing at her levels on this latest global stage. This is another chance to keep pushing her claim as one of the best players currently playing and she’s still got room to keep getting better.”
While van Niekerk, Kapp and Lee will be coming up against England in a Group A match on 16 November, Bedbrook is still hopeful the trio will carry their form into the tournament.
Lee ended the Kia Super League with a huge century in the final while all-rounders van Niekerk and Kapp were the team’s two top wicket takers in the competition.
Bedbrook knows, after the impact the three had on Surrey Stars, they will be at forefront of South Africa’s hopes.
He said: “As a team they’ve had some fantastic performances recently but then there’s been inconsistency too. They know that on their day they can compete and our three can almost drag the entire team with them.
“Dane came into our setup this year was such a great person to have involved, Lizelle is world-class at the top of the order and so is Kappy with the ball and can certainly contribute with the bat.”
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