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The Rock-itt : November 2009
Great Expectations Erin Osborne had a bumper summer in 2008/09. Starting the season in the Breakers Development squad, she was picked for the first round of the WNCL and went onto be the tournament's equal leading wicket taker. To top it all off, she was selected to represent Australia in the ICC World Cup, World Twenty20, and tours of New Zealand and England. Now one month out from the start of the 2009/10 WNCL and T20 competitions, nswbreakers.com caught up with Erin to find our how she's approaching her second summer in the big leagues. At the start of last summer you were a rookie in the Breakers Development Squad. You are starting this season as a NSW and Australian player. Does that change your approach to the pre- season? My goals have changed from that of training hard to be given an opportunity to play with the NSW Breakers, to that of training hard to keep my spot in the team and to challenge for a higher position in the batting order. I do have to remind myself that the simple things I did last season got me into the NSW and Australian teams. I need to stick to a similar approach and only add a little variation to ensure I'm doing everything I can to perform for NSW. How hard will be to top the last 12 months? Do you feel any weight of expectation? The last 12 months have gone so quickly and have been a massive high in terms of what I have achieved. I don't think what I accomplished can be topped in such a short period of time. Expectations will be the biggest killer for me. I have to be realistic in what I can achieve this year and not think that it is going to be a repeat of last season's results, even though I would like that to happen. After all, the opposition will know more about me this year and it is up to me to progress as a cricketer. This season is all about performing for NSW with both bat and ball. The rest will take care of itself. How did you find the England tour? Was it difficult not playing all the time? It is always hard to sit on the sidelines. All athletes want to do is be out there competing. However if I had to choose between being on the sidelines during a tour in England or being at home working, England wins! I had a good time with friends and I got to go shopping, do some sight- seeing and eat out. Importantly, I came back the fittest I have ever been thanks to our daily fitness session during the lunch break of the game. Who did you learn the most from during the England tour? Lisa Sthalekar was a great mentor. It was hard not playing in the Twenty20 World Cup and when I had the opportunity to play in the One-Day Internationals I injured my shoulder. That was the end of my tour. I was fortunate enough to talk to Lisa about my disappointment. She told me that some of the best players in the game have not played games on tour. It is how you bounce back from these disappointments that make the player. How did you feel about being given the tag "Secret Weapon" prior to the 2009 World Cup? I copped plenty of flack from my family, and probably more from my teammates than the opposition! At the time of being tagged the 'secret weapon' I didn't entirely realise the amount of pressure it placed on me to perform. And the majority of that came from my own high expectations. How has your game developed over the last year? What areas have you been working on? Over the last year I have been working hard on becoming a more attacking off-spin bowler. I feel this will give me the ability to play different roles for the Breakers when needed. I have changed my bowling grip to one which has given me a lot more variation. But it will take a lot of practice and perseverance before I become completely comfortable with it. I've also recognised the importance of working hard on my batting. I have been training with Leah (Poulton) who is currently one of the cleanest hitters in the game. She has given me a few ideas to help with striking the ball harder. It's also helped me to position myself better, particularly when facing spin. One of the great things about training with the NSW Breakers is you can talk to some of the best players in the National League and take things from their games that might work for you. Where to see the NSW Breakers in November and December 6 November 2009 -- NSW vs Queensland, North Sydney Oval, 3pm (Twenty20) 7 November 2009 -- NSW vs Queensland, North Sydney Oval, 10am (50 overs) 8 November 2009 -- NSW vs Queensland, North Sydney Oval, 10am (50 overs) 20 November 2009 -- NSW vs ACT, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 3pm (Twenty20) 21 November 2009 -- NSW vs ACT, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 10am (50 overs) 22 November 2009 -- NSW vs ACT, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 10am (50 overs) 11 December 2009 -- NSW vs Victoria, Manly Oval, 3pm (Twenty20) 12 December 2009 -- NSW vs Victoria, Manly Oval, 10am (50 overs) 13 December 2009 -- NSW vs Victoria, Manly Oval, 10am (50 overs).