WBBL 2023-24 – Jess Jonassen ‘disappointed’ but determined after Australia exit

Jess Jonassen She admitted that she was quite disappointed after being dropped during the recent T20 series against the West Indies and revealed that she is looking to get back to basics ahead of the WBBL to play a bigger role in the upcoming tour of India. Have been.

Jonassen was left out of Australia’s squad for the third T20 match and subsequent ODI series in Brisbane. hayley matthews Attack in the first two matches at North Sydney Oval. He bowled only two overs in each match and conceded a total of 54 runs, including eight fours and two sixes, all of which were hit by Mathews.

in game twoWith West Indies needing 25 runs from 12 balls in the 19th over, he hit four consecutive fours before dismissing Mathews. But the damage was done and Jonassen knew his fate.

“I was very disappointed,” Jonassen told ESPNcricinfo. “Obviously, it’s never good to be involved in such a batting masterclass. And then obviously finding yourself out of the team was also quite challenging.

“It’s really tough at the moment. If your execution is even slightly wrong, you’ll know where the women’s game is at the moment. And where Hayley was, you didn’t have to miss a lot and you’re sailing on the rope. Was doing.

“The fact that we couldn’t get him out as a bowling unit, something had to change.”

This meant that Jonassen was left to carry the drinks for the remainder of the series. This is a rare situation for Jonassen as he has been the lynchpin of the Australian attack for almost a decade. he is unambiguous Australia’s greatest ever T20 spinner, He was the key bowler in four T20 World Cup wins as well as the Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning team and last year’s ODI World Cup victory.

The only title she missed in Australia’s golden generation was the 2018 T20 World Cup, where an untimely knee injury kept her out of the team as a lead and young replacement. Sophie Molineux And Georgia WarehamThis meant that she could not win back her place.

Apart from the 2022 ODI World Cup, where she was left out for one game due to match-up reasons, she has been automatically included in Australia’s team sheet. But his form forced the coach’s hand Shelley Nitschke and chief selector Shawn Flagler and forced some tough conversations.

“I was able to have conversations with both Shell and Flaggs, I was able to be really honest and candid with them, and so were they with me,” Jonassen said. “It’s never good when as a player you’re bearing the brunt of it, but at the same time it keeps you hungry and you still have to keep trying to find ways to improve.

“One of our mantras as an Australian team is to keep developing. Even though I’m one of the senior players there are still ways I can improve whether it’s tactical, physical or mental.”

“There was a conversation (with the selectors) that I’m a really important member of the team and have an opportunity to play a really big role (in India)… It gives me confidence knowing that because I missed a few games in this series.” “It doesn’t mean things are over or I’m out.”

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At the age of 30, after spending more than a decade in international cricket, Jonassen has found himself going back to basics to improve his skill execution under pressure.

“Often you, especially as a spin bowler, can get caught up in being the bowling machine in the nets and you focus too much on what the batsman is doing and not what you need to do or What do you need to execute.” Jonassen said.

“For me, even in the recent series, I just bowled some simple targets. I just put a box of cones down and just tried to hit it and then I put four or five different little cones, Who copied certain deliveries that I wanted to execute and it was taking the technique side out of it and saying like, OK, just find a way to hit the spot. Basically, make it that simple. Keep.

“After all, if you trip after executing the ball you’re supposed to bowl, you can really live with it much more than a big mis-execution. That’s what makes real competitive bat versus ball in the nets as well. There is a balance between.

“I think it’s really important for me to get back to it, make sure I really balance it out and incorporate it into my preparation. So when I come into the games I know I’m 100%.” “I’m confident I can get to that spot.”

Jonassen is confident she can regain a place in the WBBL as she leads a high-quality Brisbane Heat outfit that looks to capture their second title after being a real threat in the last three seasons without making the finals .

Despite having a lot of experience including international legspinners in their group sarah glen (first five games) and amelia kerr (Last nine games and the final), Jonassen knows he has an important role to play with the ball and this is an opportunity to prepare himself for the upcoming tour of India.

“The conversation (with selectors) was that I’m a really important member of the team and there’s an opportunity to play a really big role there,” Jonassen said. “There was also discussion about what kind of role I’m going to play within the WBBL, I think, to help facilitate things there like it’s powerplay bowling, and what type of deliveries to continue to work on. Is in different stages of the game.

“It gives me confidence to know that just because I missed a few games in this series doesn’t mean things are over or I’m on the outs.

“It’s just down to execution and that’s something I can control. Like I said, if it’s my best delivery of all time then I’ll be very happy scoring runs. There are quality players all over the world. They also allow them to play good shots.

“My aim is always to get back to what I have built my entire career on, creating pressure and bowling in partnerships. I’m not a real wicket-taker. I do take wickets but I also create pressure and bowl in partnerships. I get wickets by bowling.

“It’s just going back to that and figuring out my method of what I need to do before I get on the field to be able to do that.”

Alex Malcolm is associate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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