Lane hails standard-bearer Greenway
England women’s coach Mark Lane has challenged his players to follow the example set by Lydia Greenway as they attempt to build on their summer success against New Zealand.
England enjoyed a 3-2 NatWest Series triumph over the White Ferns despite losing the final match at Lord’s, a game in which Greenway top-scored for the hosts with 65.
She passed 40 in each of her three innings to win the player of the series award, recognition of the strides she has made in recent times, according to Lane.
“Lydia has been phenomenal,” he told ECBtv. “She has worked really hard at her game for the last 18 months.
“A brilliant fielder, she is now becoming a brilliant batter as well and a great team member. This is a platform for her to really kick on and show and fulfil her potential.”
England’s unprecedented success in recent years has been built around the sustained excellence of Claire Taylor and captain Charlotte Edwards, but Lane is keen for the less established players to make a bigger impression.
In that respect, he took great pleasure from the emergence of Heather Knight, who shone with the bat, and Danielle Hazell, likewise with the ball, during the final installment of England’s summer.
Lane added: “Heather Knight has been fantastic; she has really kicked on in her first series.
“She scored the best part of 150 runs, and if I’m honest she could have scored three or four fifties. She’s learning new things and getting better.
“Dani Hazell have bowled fantastically well throughout this trip and Jenny Gunn had a decent series.”
While Lane admitted six-wicket defeat at Lord’s bore all the attributes of an “end-of-season performance”, he insists is “very, very pleased with how things have worked out” ahead of their winter assignments.
“It was a close one - it was hard-fought - but I’d say it was a well-deserved series win,” he said.
“I look forward to the winter coming up, where we go to Sri Lanka and Australia. We’ll be plotting our victory (in Sri Lanka), and ultimately the big one, the Ashes.”