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I was really impressed with the focus of the group: Sophie Devine on return to NZ camp – Wellington News

Sophie then obtained a compulsory isolation and quarantine (MIQ) voucher in late December and accomplished the 14-day keep final week. Now, with New Zealand scheduled to play a T20I and 5 ODIs towards India in February earlier than the Women’s Cricket World Cup begins from March 4, Sophie has joined the nationwide camp in Nelson and was completely happy with what she noticed in the gamers.

“I was really impressed with the focus of the group. There actually wasn’t too much talk about the World Cup because obviously the team hasn’t been named and there’s a World Cup selection still to come, so people were obviously focused on making sure that they put their best foot forward,” Sophie was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

“The group’s really found them valuable, these camps. For me to be able to come in, having not been at the last couple, and see the progress and to see the match awareness — that’s something I was really impressed with,” she added.

With the White Ferns going through a packed schedule, Sophie said that the stability has to be discovered between practising for the matches and having correct relaxation. “We’ve had a lot of discussions with the support staff and with the players, making sure we get that balance right, making sure we get time away, and you’re able to fill your cup back up.”

“Touring can be hard, even though we’re at home and that’s certainly going to bring some benefits of the comforts of home, so I think it’s really critical for us to make sure that players are refreshed.”

“It’s great that the World Cup’s at the back end of the summer, but it also means that we’re coming off a lot of cricket, so management becomes really important there, but we’ve got a great team around us to make sure that those sorts of things are well-managed, and the players are fighting fit and ready to go when the tournament starts.”

Talking about her expertise of captaining the Perth Scorchers to clinching the title in the WBBL, Sophie identified the features she made.

“It’s been huge. It was a tough decision to go over to the WBBL because I would be missing some (part) of the domestic season here and some of the camps, but I think the experience that I’ve gained from playing in a winning side, being able to play under pressure, being able to play in a final situation, that’s really going to help me.”

“I haven’t had too many opportunities to play in that level of competition and to be in those sorts of pressure situations, so that’s something I’m hoping to bring back with my captaincy — just little things you’re always learning as a captain and as a player. It has been really good for me to be in a different environment.”

The 32-yr-outdated signed off by hoping New Zealand might be in the remaining of the girls’s Cricket World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on April 3.

“The final was played in front of 15,500 people, and, fingers crossed, we’ll be at the World Cup final at Hagley with roughly the same amount of people there. There’s a few wee gold nuggets that I can take from Australia and bring back and hopefully share with the White Ferns group.”

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