General News | 9th January 2007
Gunn ready for England action
The 20-year-old has just been named in a squad of 14 for the international quadrangular series in India next month, and will be match-fit for action having spent the last three months playing for South Australia as well as club cricket in Sydney.
Bates said: “In recent times Jenny has been one of the first names on our team sheet and she is developing into one of the leading all-rounders in the world.
“We play a lot more one-day cricket than Tests and are always looking for multi-dimensional players. Jenny fits the bill perfectly as she can open the bowling, bats at four or five and is an excellent fielder.
“I arranged for her, Rosalie Birch and Beth Morgan to play club cricket and the coach of South Australia was also happy to pick Jenny at state level.
“Nothing beats practicing outdoors and hopefully this will prove a worthwhile exercise for her and Beth when the tournament in India gets underway.”
The one-day tournament takes place every four years and is contested between the top four ranked women’s teams - Australia, New Zealand, India and England.
England lost the one-day series to India when they toured last winter but bounced back with a 4-0 win at home in 2006 and Bates is confident they can continue their good form.
He added: “We’ve got a young squad but they’re full of talent. I think all four teams are very close in terms of form and ability so it should be an interesting tournament.”