Kate Cross keen to make impression on Kia Super League
Lancashire Thunder and England's Kate Cross is looking forward to the start of the Kia Super League next weekend and in already setting her sights on making a big impression.
Six franchises battle it out for the right to win the first staging of the competition, which gets underway on 30th July.
Cross, who is an ambassador for Gunn & Moore, says it is important for her as an England international to make sure she performs in high profile tournaments such as the Super League.
Speaking at the GM Pro Coach Academy at Headingley, she said: "For me it'll be really key to do well in the Super League.
"Obviously as an England player you want to be putting your name on tournaments like that and doing well."
Cross is one of only four players in the Lancashire squad who has played for England although she is joined by West Indians Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews while New Zealander Amy Satterthwaite, will captain the squad.
"I think Lancashire Thunder are going to be underdogs this summer so that's quite exciting for us," she added.
"We've got a very young team and I'll probably be seen as one of the senior players which is a new role for me - I'm still quite a newbie in the England setup!"
But it is the international stars coming over to play in the Super League that really excites Cross, who thinks that this is where the Super League has an advantage over the Women's Big Bash League in Australia.
"I think that's what's so exciting about the Super League - I was lucky enough to play in the Women's Big Bash League over the winter and you were only allowed two overseas players in each team and the Kia Super League allows you to have three.
"The best female cricketers in the world are coming over and playin gin England and if that doesn't get you excited I don't know what will!"
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