Tammy Beaumont has revealed her ambitions as the new Welsh Fire captain, saying her aim is to help her players develop and move forward. Personally, Tammy said she wanted to improve her leadership skills and prepare for her return to England by winning games for her team.
Tammy Beaumont is set to be the new face of Welsh Fire in The Hundred’s second season after the Cardiff-based outfit announced her as their new captain. Last year, the franchise finished bottom of the table winning just two of their eight group stage games, but have revamped their squad for the next edition to ensure they will fight for the throne. It also presents a great opportunity for Tammy Beaumont who could potentially become England captain once Heather Knight’s long-running reign is over.
“It gives me the opportunity to come in, to progress and to build something quite special. As captain, I want to empower the players to bring out the best in themselves. I’ve been a I’ve been a senior player for England for a while, and I’ve been involved in leadership groups, I haven’t necessarily thought of becoming an England captain, but it’s a skill I really want to develop during The Hundred,” the BBC quoted her as saying.
The Hundred this year will feature a much improved roster given that there are no strict COVID restrictions to limit international attendance. in particular, Australian superstars Rachael Haynes, Annabel Sutherland and Nicola Carey have agreed to be part of the tournament this time around, the former being part of the Fire squad.
“It’s amazing for young players to be able to learn from the best in the world. Especially for me, from a leadership perspective, Rachael Haynes has so much experience as Australia’s vice-captain. Unfortunately for us, it always seems to be the pioneer of the Australians, but that will eventually change!” Beaumont added.
The 31-year-old has so far played 203 games for England since making his debut 13 years ago, racking up well over 5,000 runs and recording 10 centuries. The evolution of the T20 format has really helped her grow as a player, giving her more opportunities to show off her striking skills. Beaumont had nothing but praise for the Hundred and the impact he has on young players looking to make their name known on the world stage.
“The players of my time, we were coming into the England team having done well in our county and in fact we might not start. It would take a good couple of years to come in and out of the team and work on your game to come back. But now, Issy Wong, Alice Capsey, Freya Kemp – they’ve all played regional cricket and they’re straight at international level and performing right away. And that’s because they’re used to playing in things like The Hundred, in front of big crowds and with the camera in your face, they know what to expect, there is no easy game, you have to earn it.
Between 2016 and 2022, Beaumont played 74 consecutive ODIs for England, the fourth longest such streak among women’s ODIs. She was an integral part of the team in all formats, but was surprisingly left out of the squad for the 2022 season. commonwealth games. Thus, the Hundred offers a chance for the prolific batsman to once again prove her worth and force her return to the England squad.
“I just have to go out there and show what I can do. When it comes to playing for Welsh Fire, it’s just going to be about winning the game that’s in front of me – just in a different color than usual.”
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