Q&A: Briggs on young female fans and new tactics

Q&A: Briggs on young female fans and new tactics

Tactical innovations. Engaging young girls with cricket. Dream draft picks. Nottingham. Hear from your Women’s Head Coach. Salliann Briggs.

READY FOR THE HUNDRED?

I’m really excited about it. It’s a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to getting started and building the team. There’s been a lot of publicity about it but there’s been a huge investment in it and ECB really want it to work. Everything is going to be done properly. If you look at the player recruitment model and how the teams in The Hundred are set to be in some way linked to new Centres of Excellence it’s exciting for the women’s game.

CAN YOU SEE IT BUILDING ENGAGEMENT WITH YOUNG GIRLS?

Getting kids involved and interested is what makes the difference. It was so nice to see the type of people who were coming to watch our games in the Kia Super League. I think the only thing it needed was to be ran alongside the men’s competition. Once everything is aligned, like the Big Bash League and the Women’s Big Bash League, you’re part of a wider strategy and with that you get wider investment, better resourcing and better people.

Briggs has coached Hobart Hurricanes in the Women's Big Bash League.

Briggs has coached Hobart Hurricanes in the Women's Big Bash League.

ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE TIMEOUT?

As a coach, sometimes you feel like you want to give more support in the moment. Obviously it’s a player-led game and you want them to be feeding back what they see in order to make the best decision. But in the moment if you want to regain control or maintain momentum then I think the timeout is going to be a good thing.

WHAT ABOUT THE 10 BALL OPTION?

I like the idea that you can change after five balls as well. If you get your match-ups right and you’re containing the batters, or if you take a wicket and get a new matchup, you can switch in the middle of a spell. It’s a bit harder for the bowlers, knowing they’ve only got 20 balls. They could only be involved in small phases of the games and sometimes you need your key bowlers to take wickets at other times. Certainly if you get your match-ups right it will be quite useful.

BENEFITS OF HAVING A MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TEAM AT THE SAME VENUE?

Those kind of things are invaluable. Sharing knowledge and experience, talking to men’s players who do it day in, day out on the world stage and know how to execute plans, that’s the information you need to latch onto. Even for me, I’m looking forward to working alongside Stephen Fleming, who has been around the world coaching some amazing teams and has been really successful. I can’t wait to pick his brain.

WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM FIRST DRAFT PICKS?

I’d love to work with someone like Natalie Sciver. I’ve been involved in her development for a few years but at a high performance level I’ve not had that opportunity. And then as someone who can adapt in any situation it would have to be Elysse Perry.

Will Natalie Sciver be an in-demand player?

Will Natalie Sciver be an in-demand player?

THRILLED TO BE PLAYING AT TRENT BRIDGE, DERBY AND LEICESTER?

I think it’s important for us to be playing at three grounds because it brings the whole region together. We want to reach out to as many people as possible in the East Midlands. They’re three great venues. Derby and Leicester hosted the Women’s World Cup and did a great job. Trent Bridge is one of the best grounds in the country.

BEST REASON TO ATTEND THE HUNDRED?

The key thing is that we’re trying to engage new fans, so it’s attracting the families. It’s not just about enjoying the skills that are on show, but it turns into a bit of a festival where everyone has a good experience. It’ll be vibrant, colourful and entertaining.