NZ rep set to lift Scorchers teammates: coach
CRICKET: Sunshine Coast coach Ashley Renouf believes Hayley Jensen will lift the level of her teammates as the Scorchers enter the state competition for the first time.
The New Zealand all-rounder recently linked with the relatively young squad, which is preparing to go into the Katherine Raymond Shield after winning the Queensland second grade for the past two years.
The 27-year-old, who played in the World Cup in March, is set to provide valuable know-how.
“She’s going to bring a lot of experience, which is awesome for a young group of girls who haven’t played at a higher level,” Renouf said.
“Hopefully, the girls just learn from what she’s learnt over her years of playing at elite level.”
With 11 one-dayers and 27 T20s to her name, Jensen’s got plenty of time on the international stage and is a proven performer. Her last wicket was Australian opener Alyssa Healy.
“She’s going to bring a hell of a lot of talent to the squad so hopefully we can build around her,” Renouf said.
Jensen, who has recently moved to the region from Canberra, was recruited after Renouf heard she was in the region.
“So, I talked to her and she was keen to play and with her talent, she’ll probably play higher level here anyway. She might get a WNCL (National Cricket League) or WBBL (Big Bash League) call-up hopefully.”
The Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat will be aware of her presence in the region.
“She’s pretty attacking, which is good attribute to have.”
“The league we’re going into, there are high quality players and she’ll be able to go against them.
“It (the competition) is going to be a big learning curve for most of the girls who haven’t played at this level but Hayley and a couple of players will be able to go against the quality of WBBL girls (immediately).
“Mikayla Wrigley. I reckon she’ll be able to handle decent pace. She’s a handy bat.
“And there are a couple of players who will pick up and learn from what Hayley has to offer.
“She’s had high quality coaching, so I’ll be picking her brain as well.”
Renouf expects the competition to include Australian players, particularly early and late in the season.
“You always want to play against the best.”
“Hopefully the girls learn quickly off her (Jensen) and go with the change and Hayley will be one of those ones who will hopefully have a calm head on her shoulders when we’re in the heat of the battle.”