After Ashes disappointment, Kate Cross looks ahead to Super League
Kate Cross (AFP Image)

Kate Cross is one of the many English cricketers who are focussing on the Kia Super League in order to move on from England’s disappointing Women’s Ashes campaign. England were whitewashed 0-3 in the three ODIs, and beaten 1-2 in T20Is. Cross herself did not have the  best of outings picking up two wickets from three innings in ODIs and another two wickets in T20Is. The only Test between the two teams ended in a draw but Cross wasn’t part of the team.

As the fourth edition of the Super League gets underway from Tuesday, Cross, representing Lancashire is eager to put the previous series on the backburner and gear up for his first captaincy assignment.

“I’m really proud. I’ve not managed to captain a side yet, so it will be my first experience of that,” Cross said. “I love playing for Lancashire. I always love pulling this kit on and I’m really proud to be able to represent my county.

“We [England] felt like we let ourselves down in all facets of the game. We’ve had a lot of tough conversations in the last couple of weeks and we’ve all had a look at ourselves and we know we have to improve and set our standards higher to be able to beat those teams. In a way that’s exciting, and hopefully we have turned a corner now. There’s more to come.”

This will mark the final installment of England’s domestic 20-over competition since it will be replaced with a 100-over competition. Cross’ England teammates, Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont will also be playing the tournament, although they will be representing two-time finalists Southern Vipers.

Cross will be action straightaway as Lancashire Thunder face Southern Vipers on Tuesday, followed by two other matches being Loughborough Lightning v Western Storm and Yorkshire Diamonds v Surrey Stars.

There are six teams in total and each side will play the other twice. The top three will advance for a shot at the final on September one with the teams finishing second and third battling to face the toppers in the summit clash.