21 January 2020
Jenny Gunn returns to the Tigers!
Jenny Gunn returns to the Tigers!
After ending of her 15-year English international career in October 2019, Jenny Gunn made a successful return to the Tigers in the Women's Premier 50 over competition in December. After 11 years away from the club, Jenny's first innings back was a masterful 109* off 101 balls. Between Tigers appearances, Jenny was part of two 50 over World Cup wins, one T20 World Cup win, and five Ashes victories.
Jenny made her international debut at 17 in an ODI against South Africa in 2004, followed that same year by T20 and Test debuts against New Zealand. Jenny was a key performer in the English teams from that point on, and had the honour of being vice-captain between 2010 and 2014, being part of back-to-back Ashes victories and captaining her country three times.
In 2014 Jenny was appointed MBE for services to cricket. In 2018, she became the first cricketer, male or female, to play a century of T20 Internationals. Her 136 ODI wickets (in 144 matches) have her as the second leading wicket-taker for England and 10th for all nations. She has played more T20s than any other English cricketer, male or female, and has scored more than 2,700 runs across all formats, with seven half-centuries.
With an extended Australian stay planned, Jenny was quickly roped into returning to the Tigers. She has fitted in seamlessly and been very generous in passing along her knowledge to many of the Tigers' younger players. Perhaps most impressively, she has put up with constant teasing and questions about her accent and British slang!
Welcome back Jenny.
It’s important to have Alyssa Healy, Jenny Gunn and Rachael Haynes come down to training from time to time because it gives us younger players the chance to ask questions about information only such players would know. They are a big help to the people that are not getting their actions right or not playing the right shots to bowling.
Recently, Sydney Cricket Club has given us the opportunity to be in the midst of some amazing and inspirational international cricket players like Alyssa Healy, Rachel Haynes and Jenny Gunn. Having these female athletes around the club and at training has motivated all of the girls to work hard to achieve their goals and to enjoy their cricket. Hearing their firsthand accounts of their triumphs and struggles has inspired me so much and has shown me that anything is possible if you are determined and keep positive.
Sometimes it’s hard to stay confident and deal with the pressures of the mental side of cricket, and these players have helped me understand that side of the game. Receiving their advice and feedback on my performance during training has helped to improve my cricket and has really encouraged me to push myself to the limits. The training environment is fun and enjoyable, and everyone is included and encouraged. Thank you to the internationals and all our senior players for helping and assisting around the club and inspiring all of us to be the best players we can be, and thank you to Sydney Cricket Club for giving us this opportunity.
I have been a member of Sydney Cricket Club for three years. I love my cricket and being part of such a wonderful club. At Sydney Cricket Club we are fortunate to have a wonderful group of coaches and a fantastic player group which includes internationals Alyssa Healy, Rachel Haynes and Jenny Gunn. Having them around us during training and games has been an incredible experience. They have been fantastic in encouraging all of us to improve as cricketers.
Being able to hear from such experienced players about improving our game has been very helpful and something that I am very grateful to be a part of. Their knowledge as top class female players in our game is second to none.
When Jenny came to training I was excited to be able to hear from a player who has played internationally for England. She was extremely friendly and approachable and I felt I could ask her anything about how I could improve my game, especially with my bowling. Alyssa and Rachel have been very generous with their time and offered their wonderful insights into the game. It's great we have had the opportunity to hear from these two women who are representing our country in the sport that we love and play. They have all been extremely friendly, easy to talk to and most importantly have given us helpful feedback and advice. I am certainly thankful for opportunities such as these that I have been given at Sydney Cricket Club.
Throughout my years at SCC I’ve had an abundance of support from past and current players that have made their way through the grade and state programs and onto international success. Being able to access such great skill and knowledge has allowed my progression as an individual and a cricketer to beyond my expectations. Having contact with such great mentors has given me much needed advice and guidance.
One of the many reasons behind me moving to the Sydney Tigers was due to the immense impact that Alyssa Healy would have on my cricket. She has done just that. In the amount of times that she has come to training and coached has been amazing. Even if it has been small technical changes with my keeping, it had caused a large positive impact on my entire game. I am always grateful that the Sydney Tigers have one of the best cricket players in the world at the club and this had helped me in every part of my game.
Having the international players around has been an amazing learning experience, and great motivation for me in my cricket. I have learnt so much from training around them. Whether it be a technical issues they can fix, or an idea of a tactic that needs confirming, the internationals help and put great confidence in me that I am now doing it correct. Having players that have made it to a professional level in their career around is very inspiring.
I aspire to play cricket at that level one day and having experienced cricketers who have achieved to this level is great motivation and encourages me to push myself, because I can see the outcome of hard work right in front of me.