23 December 2014 : My England team-mates Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor have also been playing for different states.
So what are the differences between women’s domestic cricket in A
With all the players condensed into seven state teams in Australia, compared with 40-odd county teams in England, there’s bound to be a few differences.
Although the majority of the top players play in Division 1 of the Women’s One-Day Cup back in England (made up of nine counties), where I play for Berkshire, it’s fair to say the standard is just below the state competition out here.
But for me, it’s the set-up off the pitch that is really where the biggest differences lie. All of the state teams in Australia are strongly aligned with the men’s, and the girls have everything at their disposal to train like professional cricketers (by nature, if not officially by name!).
I’ve spent pretty much every day since arriving in Tasmania at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart hitting balls and working on my game – something I’d be doing back home as an England cricketer, but not if I were purely a county player.
Australian state players also receive a retainer and match payments. Although the fees are by no means enough to break the bank, they add a professional flavour and work to keep a lot more players in the game for longer – naturally strengthening the competition.
Source : BBC Sports