Can't wait for Kia Super League to begin - Amy Jones
England Women wicket-keeper batsman Amy Jones says she is already looking forward to the Kia Super League, which will begin in July, adding she "can't wait" for it to begin.
Amy Jones on the Super League, Warwickshire, England & playing alongside her heroes
A total of six teams will take part in the Kia Super League and Jones is set to represent Loughborough Lightning where she will play alongside Ellyse Perry, Sophie Devine and Dane van Niekerk.
Speaking to Cricket World, Jones said that she is eager to take part in the tournament and is also looking forward to play alongside the overseas players and learn more about the game from them.
“I am very excited about the Kia Super League," Jones began.
“It is exciting to see everyone come together and everyone can’t wait for it to get going.
“I finished at Loughborough University last year. I did a lot of training there. It is fantastic to represent Loughborough.
“We have got three world class players coming over. It is good to be playing alongside them and learn from them.”
Praising the support England have received from Kia Motors, Jones is confident that the Super League will play a role in getting more women to play the game in England.
“The support from Kia has been fantastic for the last couple of years.
“It (the Kia Super League) should thankfully encourage more girls to take up cricket and (it is) sort of another platform for them on the way to play for England.
“It helps bridge the gap between county cricket and international level.”
Jones, who made her international debut in 2013, has played nine One-Day Internationals and 12 Twenty20 Internationals for England Women.
On Wednesday, England Women captain Charlotte Edwards announced her retirement from international cricket putting an end to a 20-year glittering career.
Admitting that Edwards and Sarah Taylor were her inspirations as cricketers growing up, Jones said that it has been a great experience to play alongside her idols.
"I didn’t watch as much cricket growing up," she admitted, before adding that she did look up to Edwards and Taylor.
“It is quite surreal to be playing alongside them," she added.
Women’s cricket is now receiving more coverage than ever before and in October last year, the International Cricket Council doubled the prize money pool of the 2017 Women’s World Cup to $US 1 million.
Jones added that the future of women’s cricket is looking bright and now is a really good time to be involved in the game.
“It is definitely a good time to be involved in women’s cricket.
“It looks like we are going get more and more coverage and opportunities for players to play all around the world.
“It has been fantastic."
England Women have a busy season ahead with a home series against Pakistan and away series against West Indies and Sri Lanka coming up.
These three series will constitute England’s final three rounds of the ICC Women’s Championship, where they are currently placed sixth with six wins from 12 games.
With the top four teams set for a direct qualification for the 2017 Women’s World Cup, Jones asserted that England will be keen to gain maximum points from the remaining games.
“We’ve got Pakistan in the summer and then West Indies and Sri Lanka before Christmas.
“They are the last few rounds of the ICC Women’s Championship.
“We are eager to get full points from our games and secure qualification for the Women’s World Cup next year.”
Amidst the increasing popularity in the limited overs format, Women’s Test matches have taken a back seat with fewer games being scheduled in recent times.
Between 2006 and 2015, England have only played nine Test matches and in comparison a total of 19 Test matches were played between 1996 and 2005.
Despite enjoying playing the limited overs formats of the game, Jones said that it will be a welcome move if more four-day games and Test matches are organised.
“I’d love to play more Test cricket.
“I’ve only ever played in one four-day match in all my life.
“It is something that we all enjoy. People want to come over and watch us play T20 cricket and we enjoy T20 as well.
“But it will be good if we include more long format games.”
Amy Jones is playing for Loughborough Lightening in the Kia Super League, which is bringing together stars of women’s cricket from around the world from 30th July 2016.
Loughborough Lightning will begin their Kia Super League campaign with the game against Yorkshire Diamonds on 30th July in Leeds.
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