Q&A: Hazell on her top picks & the timeoutNEWS
The pride of the north. Danielle Hazell will be your Women’s Head Coach. Get to know her thoughts: The timeout. Draft picks. And the celebrity she’d want playing.
HOW EXCITING IS THE HUNDRED?
It’s an exciting time for women’s cricket. It’s nice to be involved in it as a coach now and it’s exciting to see where The Hundred takes the women’s game and the effect that it has in the future.
PROUD TO COACH THE LEEDS-BASED TEAM?
Absolutely. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling around the world and playing but it’s nice to be in the north and put a bit back in. I’m from Durham but I’m an adopted Yorkshirewoman as well.
IMPACT OF 10 BALLS FROM AN END?
It will be about assessing match-ups as to whether you go with a five-ball or a 10-ball over. Sometimes a bowler will have the wool over a batter and they can keep going. It can go the other way where the batter can line them up, so it will need a quick assessment of the match-up. It’s about being clear and not thinking all of a sudden that this is a completely different game. We shouldn’t over-think it.
AND THE TACTICAL TIMEOUT?
It’s not something where you can sit down and have a 10-minute chat. It is a quickfire chat about the state of the game and what you want to do going forward.
KEY REASON TO ATTEND THE HUNDRED?
It’s going to be exciting. It will be a quick and something different to enjoy. It’s different but it’s still a bat and a ball.
WHICH PLAYERS WOULD YOU LOVE AT A LEEDS-BASED TEAM?
I’ve got to stick with the Australian in my team at the Yorkshire Diamonds – Alyssa Healy. For the men’s team, Ben Stokes. Those two are exciting. They whack the ball and would bring the crowds in.
FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE NORTH?
It's weather. We’re from the north and we’re used to the rain. When the southerners come up and it’s a bit cold, we’re used to that. That’s our forte. We’ve got good accents, we’re all good looking and we love to win!
IF YOU COULD PICK A CELEBRITY TO PLAY WHO WOULD IT BE?
Ed Sheeran because he could play all the music after the game and that would be mint. I want Ed.