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.
Having recently returned from a winter playing in New Zealand, we got a chance to talk to England’s Fran Wilson.
All things cricket:
What got you into cricket?
I played garden and street cricket with my friends and family. After playing with the local boys team for a while, my mum then took me to Bath CC which had a really good girls section.
What is the best thing about playing cricket for England?
Travelling the world with your friends, learning new things and overcoming challenges.
If you could give any tips for girls just getting into cricket, what would you say?
Contribute to the team in any way you can – be a good team mate!
And for those wanting to go all the way to the top and play for England?
Get really good at knowing how to learn and get better rather than looking for perfection or being too hard on yourself. Don’t lose sight of your goals if things aren’t going well.
All things not cricket!
Best dancer in the team?
Best singer in the team?
Heather Knight – most enthusiastic team song singer after a win!
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played all sports possible, but started to specialise more in football and cricket when I was 18. I think it’s very important to gain lot’s of different skills before you specialise in one sport.
Do you support a football team? If so who?
I support Bristol City, mainly because it’s who my dad follows! I always enjoyed playing more than watching.
Best country you have played cricket in and why?
Sri Lanka – I love the culture and the challenge of playing spin in the sub continent.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I live with four of my England team mates – Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, Beth Langston and Amy Jones. We made our debut as a house in Sri Lanka on the 10th November 2016!
Our thanks to Fran Wilson for speaking to us. Keep an eye out on the Cricket for Girls website for our next interview.