CRICKETher can exclusively reveal that former Junior Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty will be acting as joint coach for the Cricket Australia XI team at the U15 Female National Championships, to take place at Hobart next month.
Barty will be working alongside Hobart Hurricanes coach Julia Price, who last season took the Tasmanian Roar side to a 4th placed position in the state T20 competition.
It had already been announced that Barty would be participating in the inaugural WBBL for Brisbane Heat, after attending a Southern Stars training camp earlier this year and, more recently, undergoing training with Queensland’s WNCL team, Queensland Fire.
Barty has been quoted as saying that she was attracted to the idea of team sport because: “There’s never a lonesome moment on the field if you’re struggling.”
Now it seems that Cricket Australia are looking to utilise her experience in junior tennis coaching to help talented cricketing youngsters too. As an international athlete who has trained at the highest level, it is also the case that Barty will be able to provide guidance for a new generation of girls coming through into a cricket set-up which is now increasingly professional, with ever-higher expectations of its players.
Cricket Australia’s National Coaching Manager Matthew Betsey told CRICKETher:
“Ash is an experienced athlete with a tennis coaching background and we want to use these skills alongside a ‘cricket’ coach in Julia Price. It will also help Ash understand the game more deeply before she plays in the WBBL for the Brisbane Heat.”
The WBBL kicks off on Saturday 5th December, with Barty likely to feature in Brisbane Heat’s double-header against Melbourne Stars at the Junction Oval.