Scotland's Haggo excited by Women's Academy

Wed, Mar 28, 2012 2:23 PM

Scotland's Haggo excited by Women's Academy
Scotland's Samantha Haggo will this week be travelling to La Manga Club, Spain to the ICC European Women's Academy to develop herself as a player at this regional player's performance camp.

The nineteen year old reflects on what has been a good winter of training and looking forward to the season ahead within the women's set-up in an ICC High Performance Programme Member country.

In the off season what do you do in order to keep developing your cricketing skills?
Over the winter, I've been regularly attending my university cricket training sessions, which consists of fielding drills and nets, as well as several Scotland women's national team sessions each month which involve a mixture of fitness, nets and batting, bowling and fielding drills. Furthermore, I've played in a few indoor tournaments which are always good since the weather in Scotland doesn't allow outdoor sessions!

You are off to the Women's Academy, which should give you a little warm weather at least, but what are you looking forward to the most?
I love the fact that it is a week full of intense cricket training aided by top coaches who can help identify what needs to be worked on, and give me the necessary help to improve my game. The climate is also something I'm definitely looking forward to!

What have you identified personally that you would like to work on?
I am definitely looking to improve my ability to attack when batting in terms of hitting over the top and increasing my shot selection to allow me to rotate the strike more than I am doing now. Furthermore, I can't wait to work on my bowling, and finding a consistent, stock ball to bowl in addition to finding variations to deliver to the batsman such as a yorker or slower ball.

Looking forward to your season with Scotland what are you hoping to gain this year?
As a unit, we like to think fielding is one of our strong points and so we want to improve and maintain a high standard there. We had some briefings on our stats from last season during winter and have been doing a lot of technical work in order to improve our economy rates when bowling and strike rates when batting. In terms of the European Championships, we definitely have more belief in ourselves after our win over Ireland at last year's tournament and so hope to go to Bready, Northern Ireland in August with the view to improving on last year's competition by putting in some good performances with the bat and ball to give us the best possible chance of qualifying for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 Qualifier.

The ICC European Women's Academy runs from 29 March-3 April 2012.

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