New Zealand’s Sophie Devine and India’s Jemimah Rodrigues will appear on 100% Innovation next week, as the 100% Cricket webinar series gathers momentum.
The fourth episode in the series will see two of the world’s leading cricketers discussing women’s cricket as a leader for innovation. The series hosted by Mel Jones is focusing on different areas of the women’s game, through informative and engaging discussion which shares best practice and new ideas to support the growth of women’s cricket at a local and national level.
This follows the third installment aired today, 100% Dedication, which discussed all things coaching. Australia women’s team Head Coach, Matthew Mott and Anju Jain, Bangladesh women’s team Head Coach shared their views to a global audience.
Australia women’s team Head Coach, Matthew Mott talked about his role as a coach: “Fundamentally cricket is to be enjoyed, it is a game we first took up because we loved playing. As a coach the biggest thing you can do is to enhance and grow that. For me it is a player-centred and player-led environment, the coach needs to help facilitate and drive, but there has never been a great team that wasn’t self-sufficient. It is the coach’s job sometimes to just get out the way, we talk a lot about training ugly and make mistakes so that we learn and get better.”
Talking about the development of the women’s game, Mott added: “What we don’t want to do is to replicate the men’s game, we want to be innovative. The women’s game is not a brute force game, it is a highly skilled game, with a really good contest between bat and ball. The overwhelming response is that it is highly skilled and I want to watch that again, 86,174 in the MCG is testimony to that, people are enjoying the product.
“We talk about playing with a smile on your face, that entire World Cup and in particular Thailand going out and playing with a smile on their face. We loved what they brought to that tournament, it was such a great advertisement for the women’s game.”
Bangladesh women’s team Head Coach, Anju Jain shared her experience of being introduced to coaching: “To begin with I never thought I would be a coach, as when someone suggested it I laughed. Immediately after retirement I went into the selection committee, I soon realized that was not for me. During that I knew my passion was being on the field and on the ground. I can’t sit on the sidelines and watch the game, the second best thing after playing was coaching and I started doing all the courses and it transformed everything.”