Jon Lewis eager to take World Cup struggle to dominant Australia


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

Lewis is not any stranger to the worldwide enviornment, capped by his nation in all three codecs as a participant earlier than main the boys’s Below-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 recreation 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 essential rivals is a well-recognized one and their dominance much more pronounced, with Australia’s ladies profitable the final three World Cup tournaments and holding the Ashes urn for the final 4 sequence.

“That is 100 per cent, for certain, my largest job up to now,” Lewis advised the PA information company.

“As a abilities coach within the males’s set-up you might have affect, you might have a say, however the choices aren’t yours, they’re another person’s. This can be a a lot higher problem for me.

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

“We’ll go into this event 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 profitable.”

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

Heather Knight, right, sweeps against New Zealand
Lewis needs to unlock extra from senior gamers corresponding 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 essentially the most established figures within the group to succeed in contemporary heights.

“I feel 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 lots of untapped potential.

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

“There’s Nat Sciver-Brunt, probably the greatest gamers on the earth, and she or he’s somebody who might go even additional with the tempo she will play at. She will be able to dominate groups. At instances I really feel these two gamers have felt actually accountable for the outcomes of the group, so I’ve advised them it’s my job to boost 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 all the time been performed, the expertise we’ve got is so ample. This group can do something they wish to. They may not realise it but, nevertheless it’s my job to get that out of them.”



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