Ahead of limited-overs tours of England and Ireland, New Zealand Women’s coach Haidee Tiffen expressed the disappointment of a failed World Cup campaign last year and what the team needs going ahead. Tiffen opined that the team went into to the marquee tournament firmly believing that they could win it, but were left with having to take a ‘good hard look’ at themselves after three wins in seven fixtures gave them a fifth-place finish.
“I think we learned a lot about ourselves as a team after the World Cup. We thought we were in good shape and really believed we could have won the World Cup, but it didn’t come out that way. We had a good hard look at ourselves and felt there were areas to invest in,” Tiffen said.
“Key areas are strength and conditioning, spending more time as a team and psychology – particularly ridding the “fear of failure” at top level for the women. I know New Zealand Cricket probably understand they need to do some work around the pathway for females. That may take a bit of time, but I know they have a long-term vision around getting females involved in the game and that’s fantastic,” she said.
While admitting that the early ouster from the World Cup was gutting, Tiffen has sought long-term improvements, rather than a quick fix, to turn their fortunes around.
“Last year we were all just hurting every single one of us. We are all committed to trying to turn that around. We are looking at it long term as well. It’s not a quick fix, we are looking at investing long term. Ensuring they are getting good quality coaching. Women’s cricket needs a bit more support around the country in that regard. Just trying to get the systems right for the players to perform the best they can.”
New Zealand are scheduled to play an ODI and three T20Is in Ireland between June 6 to June 13. A week later, they partake in a tri-series involving South Africa and hosts England, to be held from June 20 to July 1.
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