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 Women’s spin bowler, Laura Marsh.
All things cricket:
What got you into cricket?
I played all sports when I was younger, and played cricket in the back garden with my brother and dad. I really enjoyed it so I went for county trials at Sussex when I was 10 and it all went from there!
What is the best thing about playing cricket for England?
The teammates that you play with, having people to share the experiences with, on and off the pitch together makes it extremely special, especially when you are all working towards the same goal. And of course, getting to travel around the world to some amazing places is a huge privilege!
If you could give tips to young girls just getting into cricket what would you say?
To have fun and enjoy it, try all parts of the game rather than putting all your focus into one skill. I think it’s also important to play as many different sports as possible to help you develop as an athlete, many skills from other sports can be transferred to cricket and vice versa.
And for those wanting to go all the way to the top and play for England?
I think it’s important to know what kind of player you want to be and stay true to yourself, as well as working hard but not losing sight of the importance of enjoying the game. The enjoyment you get from playing the game is the reason why we all started playing!
All things not cricket!
Best dancer in the team?
Best singer in the team?
Danni Wyatt thinks she’s Rhianna but we all disagree!
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Yes, I played hockey and golf outside of school. But at school I played every sport possible.
Do you support a football team? If so who?
No, I don’t follow a premier league side but I would always support England when they are playing
Best country you have played cricket in and why?
Australia. It’s always satisfying to win there! But it is also an amazing place to tour with some brilliant cricket grounds. Off the pitch there is always lots to do, they’ve got lovely beaches and you can always rely on the weather!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I was U13 national Javelin champion!
Our thanks to Laura for speaking to us. Keep an eye out on the Cricket for Girls website for our next interview.