Every so often cricketforgirls.com has the privilege of bumping into some of the biggest names in English Women’s cricket. Every time we do, we manage to get some brilliant insight into what is going on behind the scenes, but more importantly, we get to find out more about the people involved in English Women’s cricket.
Recently, we were lucky enough to catch up with England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in ODI’s, Jenny Gunn!
All things cricket:
What got you into cricket?
I come from quite a sporty family and literally tried every sport possible when I was younger. I went to watch my dad play and they needed a fielder so I helped out, and I guess the remarks I often received about being the only girl playing cricket spurred me on to prove them that it is a female sport as well.
What is the best thing about playing cricket for England?
Travelling the world and getting to experience different cultures that I may not have visited if it wasn’t for cricket.
If you could give any tips for girls just getting into cricket, what would you say?
Have fun, smile and enjoy it. And, if it’s not quite for you, try a different aspect of the sport as you never know what you are good at unless you try.
And for those wanting to go all the way to the top and play for England?
Get fit! It’s much easier to get fit when you are younger. Put the hard yards in now, and you will be one step ahead when you progress to the next level.
All things not cricket!
Best dancer in the team?
Nat Sciver, she could be a backup dancer for Beyonce!
Best singer in the team?
Beth Langston – I think she used to be in a choir
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Mainly football but I also played a bit of basketball, badminton, and volleyball.
Do you support a football team? If so who?
Blackburn Rovers, and I kind of have to support Nottingham Forest because my dad played for them back in the day!
Best country you have played cricket in and why?
I love Australia and it would win hands down, but I enjoy Sri Lanka as well because they are cricket mad and such kind people.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I really enjoy baking, decorating cakes and tempering chocolate! It’s a good job I don’t enjoy chocolate desserts but my family are always happy when I make something, I wonder why!!
Our thanks to Jenny Gunn for speaking to us. Keep an eye out on the Cricket for Girls website for our next interview.